Gowling WLG

With more than 1,400 legal professionals in 19 offices worldwide, Gowling WLG is an international law firm offering clients a comprehensive suite of legal services across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors.

The firm is widely regarded as a global leader in IP law, with significant strength in prosecution, enforcement and litigation, and transactional work.

Global reach

Gowling WLG is home to top IP practices in Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, as well as across an arc of challenging jurisdictions that include the United Arab Emirates and China. Our exclusive association with JurisAsia in Singapore – along with a robust network of established relationships with leading IP practitioners worldwide – ensures that our clients have access to the very best in trademark expertise, wherever their business takes them.

With a view to serving our clients better, we continue to grow our global platform. Most recently, in June 2019 we expanded our IP practice in Beijing, with an enhanced focus on filing and prosecution services for both trademarks and patents.

Prosecution

Directly through our offices in Canada, Russia, China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates – as well as through our extensive network of trusted international associates – we offer clients a full range of trademark prosecution services.

Whether managing large international portfolios or supporting complex transactions, our professionals deliver practical, cost-effective legal advice to help commercialise and maximise your IP assets across our global platform.

Enforcement and litigation

Our prosecution services are matched by formidable enforcement capabilities spanning all of our global offices. Our services encompass opposition proceedings, infringement, cancellations and invalidations, passing off, unfair competition, dilution, anti-counterfeiting, trans-shipping and parallel import matters.

We regularly appear before all levels of court in the UK, Europe, Russia, Singapore and Canada, and manage and coordinate litigation in other jurisdictions, including China, the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Members of our team have represented clients successfully in a wide range of matters, including with respect to trademark validity, the misappropriation of confidential information and theft of trade secrets, defamation and IP licensing disputes. From ‘bet the company’ litigation to the smallest skirmish, we work tirelessly to ensure that we achieve optimal outcomes for our international clientele.

Transactions

Our global IP transactions team has a rich track record advising on a breadth of IP transactional and cross-border matters, including with respect to transfers, coexistence, joint ownership, licensing and recordals, securitisation of intellectual property, brand clearance and franchise contracts — as well as the IP aspects of corporate transactions (including M&A, joint venture and hive offs). Our team also has particular expertise in life sciences, information technology, competition/antitrust and employment transactions.

Full-service offering

Outside of our IP practice, Gowling WLG is equipped to advise clients in virtually every area of law relevant to business. This comprehensive offering gives our team the ability to seamlessly harmonise our clients’ IP interests with other facets of their organisation, and in turn develop a more holistic picture of their business objectives. This is one of our core strengths and a key differentiator from other IP service providers – whether they are full-service firms or boutiques.

Recognition

Our IP practice and the professionals who comprise it are routinely recognised by the world’s foremost IP publications. In 2019 alone, our team received multiple distinctions:

  • Gowling WLG was one of only 22 firms to be ranked across multiple jurisdictions in WTR 1000 2019, a testament to the scope of our talent around the world.
  • In January 2019 Gowling WLG was named “Firm of the Year” in three categories at the inaugural Global Intellectual Property Awards, presented by Intellectual Asset Management and WTR. Our firm took home the top honour in the “Russia – IP Firm of the Year” category, as well as in the Canadian “Firm of the Year” patents and trademarks categories.
  • In the 2019 edition of the WTR 1000, 28 Gowling WLG trademark professionals worldwide earned a total of 34 listings across multiple areas – a testament to the firm’s strength in intellectual property in jurisdictions around the world.

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

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