Overview and Programs

Osler's Ottawa office offers the unmatched resources and deep talent of a large national firm, with the high energy and collegiality of a smaller office. Over the course of your summer or articling program, you will have an in-depth opportunity to work with our lawyers, with the support of our paraprofessional and administrative staff. Beyond the work itself, you will enjoy the cultural facilities of a big city as well as abundant green space and short commutes. Ottawa also has more engineers, scientists and PhDs per capita than any other city in the country.

Situated in the nation's capital which has become one of Canada‘s largest global technology centres, our Ottawa office maximizes the synergies among its Intellectual Property and Business practices to advance the interests of our clients in knowledge-based industries. 

Our lawyers and students highly value our remarkably diverse clientele and work. Osler clients include a cross-section of Canadian and multi-national enterprises in  pharmaceuticals, technology and biotechnology.  We advise both long-standing clients and dynamic new enterprises. With several of our clients based in the U.S. and abroad, our students gain first-hand knowledge of the issues faced by businesses dealing in a global economy. We play a pivotal role in the firm’s seamless delivery of national and cross-border services involving the business, government and investment communities. We also act on an agency basis for some of the world’s most prominent law firms, providing counsel and protecting their clients’ IP interests in Canada. We have experience in a wide variety of IP litigation and prosecution work with active practices in copyright, trademark, and patent matters.

Osler’s Intellectual Property group is internationally recognized with Tier 1 rankings for “Patent Contentious” by IP STARS 2022, Copyright firm of the Year (Canada) and IP Transactions Form of the Year (Canada) by Managing IP and a Gold ranking by the IAM Patent 1000 in 2021. Our legal professionals are recognized leaders in intellectual property including Practitioner of the Year (Patent) 2022, Trademark Stars 2022, Copyright Star 2022, Patent Stars 2022 by Managing IP and a Band 1 ranking in Chambers Global 2022: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Summer and Articling Programs

Our summer program provides students with the opportunity to get to know the firm's lawyers and focus on our IP practice. Students are involved in all stages of client work to gain practical insight into a wide variety of current and emerging IP issues, as well as exposure to a lawyer's daily practice.

The expanding IP department of the Ottawa office offers law students positions to specialize in IP law. Our student programs are targeted to the learning goals and career interests of each individual student. We are happy to consider applications from students with science or engineering undergraduate and graduate backgrounds, particularly in the chemical or biochemical and engineering areas, and/or those students that have a particular interest in practicing IP.