Brion Raffoul

Brion Raffoul is a premier Canadian IP boutique firm providing clients with a full range of patent, design and trademark procurement services. Our firm is committed to providing excellent quality service in a timely manner to meet all our clients’ IP needs.

Our clients

We have a strong Canadian client base that includes local inventors and businesses, as well as multinationals, universities and Canadian government agencies, in various technical domains, such as AI, cybersecurity, telecommunications, electronics, machines, heavy equipment, consumer products, sports apparel, metallurgy, oil and gas, microbiology and pharmaceuticals. From start-ups to universities and government agencies, to both private and publicly traded companies, we represent the IP interests of our clients worldwide. One client praises our understanding of complex areas such as AI: “They met and exceeded expectations in the very difficult field that is AI, with a variety of approaches and subject-matter to work with.”

Through our robust international network of associates, we can protect our clients’ IP assets throughout the world. In addition to our Canadian clients, we represent a broad array of foreign clients seeking to protect their intellectual property in Canada. Using a results-based approach that has provided us with an enviable track record of success for clients, we have developed a solid reputation with our foreign associates. We pride ourselves in providing timely, effective and practical advice at reasonable rates. Our competitive and transparent pricing model – based on fixed fees rather than billable hours for most services – sets us apart from other firms. We firmly believe in adding value for our clients and, since we are not on a time-based billing model, we take as much time as necessary to address our clients’ needs. As a testament to our high rate of client satisfaction and loyalty, our firm has grown exponentially through referrals and word of mouth.

Our people

We are an energetic group of professionals and staff that work closely together to deliver the best services to all of our clients. Our team is led by two managing principals,  Art Brion and Natalie Raffoul, who are veteran IP practitioners with decades of experience in the IP field. Mr Brion and Ms Raffoul have been recognised as leading patent professionals in Canada since 2014. In 2017 Ms Raffoul was shortlisted as one of seven most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada by the IAM Patent 1000. In 2018 Ms Raffoul was listed in the Who’s Who Legal for her outstanding expertise and contribution within the Canadian patent practice area. Since 2014, our firm has been ranked as a leading patent practice by the IAM Patent 1000. We achieved this recognition by building a solid team and recruiting only the best and the brightest professionals and support staff.

We are able to provide our IP services in English and French.

Our patent services

  • Patentability searches and opinions in the high-tech, software, bio, chemical and mechanical fields
  • Patent drafting, filing and prosecution services in the high-tech, software, bio, chemical and mechanical fields
  • International and Canadian patent application filing and prosecution
  • Infringement and validity assessments
  • Due diligence reviews of patent portfolios
  • Invention mining advice for companies
  • Advice and consultation on effective IP management and procurement strategies
  • Patent portfolio management

Our trademark services

  • Trademark branding strategies
  • Canadian and international trademark clearance searches and opinions
  • Canadian and international trademark filings, prosecution, registration and renewals
  • Trademark monitoring and watch services
  • Trademark licensing and assignments
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Trademark portfolio management

Our design services

  • Industrial design searching of Canadian and international databases
  • Industrial design application preparation, filing and prosecution for any industrial product
  • Industrial designs registrability opinions
  • Industrial design infringement assessments

Our copyright services

  • Copyright registration

Our legal services

  • IP licensing and procurement strategies
  • Due diligence on IP purchases or licensing agreements
  • Infringement opinions
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity opinions
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement agreements and effective cease and desist letters
  • International IP portfolio management, including coordinating foreign contentious patent proceedings (eg, opposition hearings, litigation and arbitration)
  • Customised IP ownership agreements, software licence and service agreements, end-user licence agreements, material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements
  • Consulting on trade secret strategies and management
  • Reviewing and revising employment agreements and consulting contracts to ensure the company’s ownership of intellectual property developed by employees and contractors

Contact details

Brion Raffoul
291 Olmstead Street
Ottawa ON K1L 7J9

Professional contacts

Sample client list

  • Element AI Inc
  • Husqvarna AB
  • Natural Resources Canada

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