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 IAM Patent 1000 since 2014, and was shortlisted in 2017 and 2019 as one of seven most highly recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. Since 2018, she has been 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 2020 Ms Raffoul was appointed as a member to the Joint Ministers’ Roundtable on the Ontario Health Data Platform. Ms Raffoul is also an IP adviser 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 IP and the co-chair of the IP Licensing Education Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), as well as co-chaired the 2021 annual LESI meeting.

Ms Raffoul specialises in filing and prosecuting patent and design applications for her Canadian clients worldwide. She advises clients, in both English and French, on worldwide patent filing strategies and portfolio management, including trade secret considerations. As a lawyer, Ms Raffoul works with clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context. She is also experienced in drafting customised IP ownership agreements, software licence and service agreements.

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

Natalie Raffoul carefully shepherds companies through the rocky terrain of software patenting, has a refined understanding of business methods, AI and machine learning, and knows how to carve out a route to optimum protection. Internationally, she is looked to as an authority in these areas.

Professional associations

  • IPIC
  • LES International


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing

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

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