Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is an international law firm with more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities across Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Gowling WLG provides clients with world-class legal expertise and multi-jurisdictional support in key global sectors, including life sciences, manufacturing, energy, projects and infrastructure, financial services, real estate, natural resources (mining, oil and gas) and technology and communications. A combination of Gowlings and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Gowling WLG is home to one of the world’s premier IP practices and offers a full suite of business law and litigation services.

Building on over 100 years of excellence, our IP legal professionals provide clients with international reach for IP services. We can help you to protect your innovations wherever your business takes you.

Gowling WLG delivers a full complement of services in all areas of intellectual property, including trademarks, brands, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting, patents and industrial designs.

We manage a great number of trademark and patent files and protect and enhance our clients’ trademark and patent assets in more than 100 countries through our prosecution services in Canada, Russia, China and the United Arab Emirates and through our global network of associate relationships. Gowling WLG has extensive experience in managing global IP portfolios. Our integrated IP management systems allow us to manage clients’ portfolios and deliver outstanding service, value and results across multiple jurisdictions.

Our team has expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP services across a range of industries, and many of our professionals hold specialised expertise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of unparalleled legal talent and in-depth industry knowledge enables us to better understand your business and help you to realise the full value of your intellectual property.

Our professionals offer you unparalleled experience in trademark and design enforcement, including opposition proceedings, infringement, cancellations and invalidations, passing off, dilution, anti-counterfeiting, trans-shipping and parallel import matters. We regularly appear before all levels of court in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, China, Singapore and Canada, and manage and coordinate litigation in other jurisdictions.

For decades, we have managed, protected and enforced the IP assets of companies for some of the world’s largest brands.


Year after year, the firm’s IP professionals and practice groups have been recognised by some of the world’s most respected legal publications, receiving top rankings in global and country-based publications.

In 2018 Managing Intellectual Property ranked Gowlings and WLG as leading IP firms, and awarded its IP Star status to 30 of our professionals, with a further eight professionals being recognised as Rising Stars.

World Trademark Review, the IAM Patent 1000, Chambers, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers all recognise the excellence of our IP practice and professionals. As a testament to this, the firm was awarded Canadian Trademark Firm of the Year and Russian IP Firm of the Year in the inaugural Global IP Awards presented by IAM and World Trademark Review in 2019.

Full service

In addition to our IP practice, Gowling WLG has legal expertise in virtually every area of law relevant to business. We see this as one of our core strengths and a key differentiator from other IP service providers, whether they are full-service firms or boutiques.

As an international full-service firm, Gowling WLG offers clients on-the-ground support and legal expertise that span multiple jurisdictions, leveraging a global network of associate relationships.

Clients can count on Gowling WLG for innovation, results and value.

Learn more at www.gowlingwlg.com.

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  • Beijing
  • Birmingham
  • Calgary
  • Dubai
  • Guangzhou
  • Hamilton
  • London
  • Montreal
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Ottawa
  • Paris
  • Singapore
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Waterloo

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