Mr John Harris > Gowling WLG > Ottawa, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
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Leader – Patents, Canada


John Harris is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office and leader of the firm’s Patents Group in Canada. His practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patents and industrial designs in the high-tech, mechanical and electrical subject-matter areas.  John’s practice also includes advising both established and start-up companies with respect to patent portfolios, enforcement and licensing.

John has over 25 years experience in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including: mechanical and electromechanical devices, computer hardware and software, automotive technology, robotics, welding, steelmaking, stretch wrapping, agricultural equipment, fiber based packaging, pulp and paper, database management systems, data storage systems, data access and business intelligence tools, graphical user interfaces, compression, encryption, business methods, network architecture, digital signal processors, semiconductor design, medical devices and nuclear scintillation cameras.

John is a lawyer (called to the Bar of Ontario), a Registered Canadian Patent Agent, a Registered United States Patent Agent and a Professional Engineer. John is a member of: LSO, IPIC, AIPPI, AIPLA, PEO, OPEO, CSME, ASME, IEEE.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

Gowling WLG’s pre-eminent practice is widely lauded for its ‘in-depth expertise and knowledge in the field of intellectual property’. The group’s enviably deep bench and full-service coverage of IP law ensures that it is a go-to choice to support major Canadian and multinational companies in patent and trademark prosecution and IP litigation, among other issues. In Toronto, national IP head Shelagh Carnegie is sought after for her wealth of experience in trademark portfolio management and enforcement; Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is also a key contact for trademark work; and Laurent Massam heads the IP litigation team. In Ottawa, heavyweight IP litigator Christopher Van Barr is widely revered for his record in representing major global corporations such as Google and Bayer. Patent experts Jay Zakaïb and John Harris, as well as trademark specialists Martha Savoy and Paula Clancy, are also noted in Ottawa. The group additionally benefits from a strong pool of up-and-coming lawyers including partners Nelson Godfrey (Vancouver) and Charlotte McDonald (Toronto), and impressive associate Jasleen Chahal (Toronto).