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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 patents, trade secrets, industrial designs, trademarks, brands, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting and transactions.

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, as well as 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 specialise in science, engineering and technology. This unique combination of knowledge enables us to better understand your business and help you to realise the full value of your intellectual property.

Our professionals offer unparalleled experience in IP enforcement and defence, 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.

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.

Managing Intellectual Property consistently ranks Gowling WLG as a leading IP firm and has awarded its IP Star status to 28 of the firm’s professionals.

Full service

In addition to our IP practice, Gowling WLG has legal expertise in almost 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 spans multiple jurisdictions, leveraging a global network of associate relationships.

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

Home to one of the world’s premier IP practices and offering the full suite of business law and litigation services, Gowling WLG operates as an international legal practice providing services to clients through various separate legal entities.

Office locations

Canada (Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo Region); United Kingdom (Birmingham and London); Europe (Brussels, Monaco, Moscow, Munich and Paris); Asia (Beijing, Guangzhou and Singapore); and the Middle East (Dubai).

Main address

See website for full list of offices

Contact details

T: +1 613 233 1781

Professional contacts

Brian Kingwell, Patents group leader, Canada

David Barron, Patents group leader, United Kingdom

Michael Crichton, IP litigation leader, Canada

Other offices

Beijing, Birmingham, Brussels, Calgary, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hamilton, London, Monaco, Montreal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver, Waterloo Region

Recommended individuals at this firm

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Jamie Rowlands
China: Foreign

Brian Kingwell

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Daniel R Polonenko

Patrick Duxbury
United Kingdom: England

Neil Henderson

Patrick Stewart Smith

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