Intellectual Property Practice Group

A good intellectual property asset plan is a necessary element of a successful business.  Your intellectual property, whether trade-marks, copyright, trade secrets or employee know-how, may be more valuable than your physical assets. Identifying intellectual property assets of a business is the first step in protecting them.

The Intellectual Property Practice Group of Low Murchison Radnoff LLP can help develop a practical and cost-effective strategy for your intellectual property rights without losing sight of your broader business vision.  We assist clients in Canada and around the world. Our Intellectual Property Practice Group is composed of experienced intellectual property counsel who advise our clients on optimizing protection through securing trade-mark and copyright registration and other forms of intellectual property protection.

Our Intellectual Property Practice Group is supported by our colleagues in the complimentary areas of the firm to provide seamless access to a wide range of legal services related to intellectual property.

Our Intellectual Property Practice Group provides advice to our clients on all aspects of intellectual property including:

  • Filing and prosecution of trade-mark, copyright and industrial design applications
  • Intellectual property opinions (availability and registrability of trade-marks)
  • Portfolio management and protection of intellectual property rights in other jurisdictions
  • Licensing and sale of intellectual property assets
  • Intellectual property audits and due diligence
  • Registration and management of domain names
  • Litigation before courts and administrative tribunals
  • Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting

Lawyers Practicing in Intellectual Property Law

Wendy Riel


I want to register a trademark, how long does the process take?

Obtaining a trademark registration can take up to 2 years. Generally, the process requires six steps: filing, examination, advertising, opposition, allowance and registration. However, it is possible to expedite the examination in specific circumstances. For more information regarding the trademark registration process as it applies to your particular situation, contact LMR’s Intellectual Property team.

I’m trying to choose a business name, what issues may I encounter?

If your business name is the same as, or very similar to, an existing corporate name or trademark, you may face liability for trademark infringement or for the common law tort of “passing off”. A simple search prior to selecting and registering your business name may save you a number of headaches down the road. In order protect your trademark or ensure your selected business name does not constitute trademark infringement, speak to a member of LMR’s Intellectual Property team.

How important is a name?

Branding is more important than ever, whether it applies to your name, your domain name, your branded colours, or your corporate slogan. The best way to distinguish your brand and protect it from your competitors is to register a trademark, which can be one or a combination of words, sounds or designs that distinguishes your goods and services from that of others. Our Intellectual Property group would be happy to discuss your trademark needs or to help you add to your trademark portfolio.