Natalie Raffoul

Managing Partner at Brion Raffoul LLP

The managing partner of Brion Raffoul LLP, Natalie Raffoul is a world-renowned expert in the patenting of software, business methods, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and in the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. Ms Raffoul has been ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by IAM Patent 1000 annually since 2014. In 2017 and 2019, she was shortlisted as one of the most highly recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. In 2018 she was recognised in Who’s Who Legal as a world leading expert for patents in Canada.

Ms Raffoul works closely with companies to develop and refine IP procurement strategies globally. She chairs the McGill IPIC Summer Courses on Intellectual Property and previously was the director of the Patent Course. In 2019 she was appointed to the Ontario government’s only Expert Panel on Commercialising Intellectual Property in Ontario, which culminated in an Expert Report being published in 2020. In 2020 Ms Raffoul was appointed as a member to the Ontario Joint Ministers’ Roundtable on the COVID-19 Health Data Platform. Ms Raffoul is an expert to the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence established in June 2020. She is also the chair of the Green Technology and IP Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the co-chair of the IP Licensing Education Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), as well as the 2021 annual LESI meeting.

As a patent agent, Ms Raffoul specialises in filing and prosecuting patent and design applications for her Canadian clients worldwide. She provides advice to her clients, in English and in French, on worldwide patent filing strategies and portfolio management that includes trade secret considerations. Her technology expertise includes electronics, communications and networking, manufacturing, consumer products, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and mobile applications.

As a lawyer, Ms Raffoul also works with her clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context. She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for her clients that cover IP rights in Canada and globally. She is also experienced in drafting customised IP ownership agreements, software licence and service agreements, end-user licence agreements, material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

Professional associations

  • IPIC
  • LES

Sample client list

  • Element AI Inc
  • Husqvarna AB
  • Natural Resources Canada

Firm details

Brion Raffoul LLP
329 Churchill Ave N
Ottawa ON K1Z 5B8

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