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, AI and machine learning, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter.  She has been consistently ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners in the IAM Patent 1000 since 2014, and was shortlisted in 2017 and 2019 as one of seven 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’s success stems in large part from her passion for spurring innovation in the tech sector, which she has cultivated since the start of her career in 2000. She works closely with companies to develop and refine IP procurement strategies within the context of their particular business goals and environment.  Ms Raffoul’s expertise has led to her appointment to the Ontario government’s Expert Panel on Commercialising Intellectual Property in Ontario, which was chaired by Jim Balsillie, ex-CEO of BlackBerry, and will continue for a two-year term as an IP expert for the Ontario government on implementing the panel’s recommendations. In June 2020 she was also appointed as an IP expert to the Ontario joint minister’s roundtable on the new health data platform for covid-19.

Ms Raffoul specialises in filing and prosecuting patent and design applications for her Canadian clients worldwide.  She advises clients, in English and in French, on worldwide patent filing strategies and portfolio management, including trade secret considerations.

As a lawyer, Ms Raffoul also works with clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context.  She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for clients, covering IP rights both in Canada and globally.

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

IAM says

In complete confidence, Canadian SMEs among others call on excellent teacher and leader Natalie Raffoul for global IP strategy guidance. A tactful negotiator who advises on all aspects of patent commercialisation, she is also an expert at heading off IP disputes from the courtroom.

Professional associations

  • LES International
  • IPIC


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing

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

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