About Us

Who We Are

Ridout & Maybee LLP is a full-service Canadian IP firm with offices in Toronto, Ottawa and Burlington serving clients across the country and internationally. Our firm consistently ranks as one of Canada’s top IP law firms in both Canadian and international surveys of in-house counsel.

We understand the business of innovation, and the vital role that IP plays in today’s competitive, market-driven economy.

The majority of our professionals have advanced degrees in science, engineering and IT – as well as law. This means we understand what our clients do, the industries they serve, and the way they do business. Our firm knows the key role that IP plays in their individual strategies for growth and success. Learn more about our IP professionals.

We’re also a great place to work and we’re always looking for people to join our firm. You can view our current opportunities on our careers page.

Our History

As a leading protector of intellectual property in Canada since 1893, our firm files an average of 3,000 patent and 1,000 trademark applications per year. We are one of the country’s longest successfully operating IP firms.

Our co-founder, John G. Ridout, was the author of one of the first Canadian textbooks on patents, Ridout on Patents, published in 1894.

J. Edward Maybee was the first President of what is today the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

Six Ridout & Maybee LLP partners have held this title, including most recently current partner, Janet M. Fuhrer, who was recently the President of the Canadian Bar Association.

Today, our position at the forefront of IP law is evidenced by our editorial role in the Canadian Patent Reporter, the country’s authoritative journal on IP case law, with Marcus Gallie serving as editor.

Firm Awards and Recognition

As a testament of our commitment to firm clients, Ridout & Maybee LLP has received awards and recognition in many leading publications over the years, most notably:

  • A Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutique law firm in Canadian Lawyer Magazine (2012-2018)
  • Listed in Chambers Global’s ranked list of intellectual property law firms (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Canada’s Patent Law Firm of the Year in Corporate INTL Magazine (2011)
  • Canada’s Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year in Corporate INTL Magazine (2010)
  • Recommended by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • WTR 1000 – World Trademark Review (2016, 2017)
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2017 – Patent Contentious (Notable Firm), Patent Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Contentious (Notable Firm), Trademark Prosecution (Tier 2)
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2018 – Patent Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Contentious (Notable Firm)

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