Managing Partner, Patents and Designs at Clancy PC + Brion Raffoul
Natalie Raffoul is a patent lawyer with recognised expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. She also has extensive experience drafting patent applications for technologies in fields such as electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, mechanical, software, supply chain management and mobile applications.
She has been invited to speak at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) on such noteworthy cases as the Amazon decision issued by the Federal Court of Appeal, and her numerous publications include “The Patentability of Electromagnetic and Acoustic Signals in Canada” in the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. She is course director and on the faculty of the joint IPIC/McGill Understanding Patents course. In 2015 she was recognised for her outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the patent practice area in the Women in Law Awards by Lawyer Monthly (United Kingdom).
She has a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (Canada) and a JD from Queen’s University (Canada). She is also a registered Canadian patent agent.
As an active member of the Ottawa start-up community, Ms Raffoul works closely with new and growing companies to develop comprehensive IP procurement strategies. She is a lecturer at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University) for the entrepreneurship programme and is a faculty member for the Ottawa Lead To Win entrepreneurship programme.
Ms Raffoul is also experienced in filing and prosecuting Canadian, US and Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications. She provides advice to clients, in English and French, on worldwide patent filing strategies, licensing and portfolio management. She also has extensive experience filing industrial design applications for a wide variety of designs.
In 2015 Ms Raffoul received the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, which recognises an elite group of business leaders under the age of 40 who have achieved business excellence and professional expertise and have a strong track record of community giving. In 2016 she was nominated for Ottawa’s Businesswoman of the Year Award.