Stikeman Elliott LLP

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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Debuting in the WTR 1000 for 2021, Stikeman Elliott has a real affinity for transactional IP work and is a preferred choice when silky negotiation skills are required for the optimal monetisation of intangible assets. The firm also handles portfolios with care and attention and an eye for business opportunities; while litigation is a further forte for the well-rounded group. In charge is Ottawa-based IP group head Justine Whitehead, who demonstrates refined commercial IP skills. Versatility is the key trait of Jonathan Auerbach – one of just a handful of individuals in Canada to be recommended in all areas of trademark practice. He represents Aon with respect to prosecution and portfolio management in Canada; protects and enforces the brands of FIFA; and looks after all Canadian trademark work for Riot Games.

Firm Profile

Stikeman Elliott LLP is a global leader in Canadian business law, offering creative solutions to clients across Canada and around the world. The firm provides the highest quality counsel, decisive advice and workable solutions through offices located in Montréal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, London and Sydney. With an exceptional track record on multi-jurisdictional matters in the United States and internationally, Stikeman Elliott ranks as a top firm in its primary practice areas, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, business litigation, banking and finance, competition and foreign investment, tax, restructuring, energy, real estate, project development, employment and labour, and pensions.

Stikeman Elliott’s IP group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the practice of this area of law. This dynamic and highly creative team of professionals brings a vast range of training and experience to this and related practice areas. We provide our clients with innovative solutions to help them exploit their intellectual property to the fullest extent and in as many markets as possible, while reducing potential risks associated with said exploitation.

Stikeman Elliott counsels Canadian and foreign clients on the acquisition, protection and exploitation of IP rights, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright – in Canada and abroad. We understand that intellectual property is an integral part of our clients’ assets, and its successful protection and exploitation is critical to their success. In addition to advising clients on the registration, licensing and assignment of IP rights, we have been increasingly called to assist clients with the IP implications of advanced technologies. To this end, the group provides critical strategic and legal support in the negotiation of confidentiality, commercial, research and employment agreements setting out the IP rights of business enterprises, their founders, employees and contractors.

Stikeman Elliott is uniquely positioned to help clients obtain effective remedies, through the courts or alternative dispute resolution procedures, for disputes arising from the development, sale, purchase and use of intellectual property in all its forms. Our litigators are experienced at all levels of court and before all relevant IP tribunals in Canada, including the Copyright Board, the Trademark Opposition Board, the Patent Appeal Board, and the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.

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