Natalie Raffoul

Managing partner at Brion Raffoul LLP

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

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.

Ms Raffoul holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (London, Canada) and a JD from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). She is also a registered patent agent.

Her community involvement includes volunteer positions with a variety of charities, such as the Caring and Sharing Exchange as chair of the Campaign Cabinet, and as a director on numerous boards, including the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board. In 2015 Ms Raffoul was awarded the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 award, which recognises an elite group of business people under the age of 40 who are committed to business excellence, professional expertise and community giving.

Click here to see his IAM Global Leaders profile.

Professional associations

  • IPIC
  • AIPPI
  • LES

Sample client list

  • Element AI Inc
  • Husqvarna AB
  • Natural Resources Canada

Firm details

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

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