Riches McKenzie & Herbert LLP

Riches, McKenzie & Herbert LLP (RMH) continues in the tradition of Charles H Riches, a patent attorney and our founder who, in 1887, established one of the earliest firms in what was then the recently formed Dominion of Canada, specialising in patent and industrial design matters. More than a century later, RMH continues to focus exclusively on the protection of our clients’ intellectual property in Canada and abroad.

Specialising on all aspects of innovation, RMH delivers comprehensive representation, protecting our clients’ IP rights. We serve Canadian clients both nationally and internationally, as well as patent and trademark agents and attorneys globally, including those in the United States, Europe and Asia.

RMH is renowned for its ability to navigate complex IP matters with a clear strategy to enhance a brand’s value throughout an IP asset’s lifecycle. Our longevity in the field of intellectual property demonstrates our ability to both secure and enforce our clients’ IP rights.

As a boutique law firm, we have not lost sight of the fact that clients’ needs will vary on a client-by-client basis and we structure our services to meet those needs. Whether our clients have questions on how to obtain a trademark or require a trademark search, a trademark application or any other IP matter, we are there to help.

Drawing on our vast experience and extensive know-how, we assist our clients in obtaining, maintaining and protecting patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs globally. We cover the full scope of IP services including brand management, brand enforcement, patent prosecution, patent litigation, copyright and IP advisory, IP disputes and transactions, trade secrets and digital commerce, advertising and marketing.

In each of these areas, our attorneys and registered patent and trademark agents are positioned to advise both individuals and businesses in matters related to securing and enforcing all types of intellectual property, from patent drafting to navigation of acquisitions, maintenance, enforcement, licensing and assignment, as well as related litigation.

With approximately 150 of years of combined IP experience, our team of registered patent attorneys brings a diverse portfolio of technical backgrounds that include mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, bio-medical engineering and chemistry.

Patent work can generally be divided into the technical side of the business (opinions, applications and prosecution) and the non-technical side of the business. We focus on the technical side of the business and our attorneys have strong technical backgrounds, most with industry experience.

Our qualified attorneys, patent agents and trademark agents have successfully represented a range of clients before administrative tribunals and at all levels of the Provincial Courts of Ontario and Federal Court of Canada, and before the Trademark Opposition Board and Patent Appeal Board. Our experience in dealing with IP matters extends across Canada and internationally. We routinely assist clients with the following IP matters:

  • trademark prosecution and portfolio counselling;
  • patent prosecution and portfolio counselling;
  • trade secret litigation and counselling;
  • patent litigation;
  • trademarks, design patents and false advertising litigation;
  • copyright litigation;
  • licensing and technology transactions; and
  • patent and trademark due diligence and valuation.

Our clients include not only universities, research institutes, inventors, entrepreneurs, small-to-mid-sized businesses and Fortune 100 companies encompassing a wide range of technologies and business interests, but also national and international law firms seeking to secure IP rights in Canada on behalf of their clients. We have also assisted clients in protecting their IP rights across the following industries: retail, food, electronic goods, media and entertainment, information technology and communications, automotive, luxury and fashion, fast-moving consumer goods, financial services, technology, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and healthcare.

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Riches McKenzie & Herbert LLP
Suite 1800
2 Bloor Street East
Toronto ON M4W 3J5

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