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About Ridout & Maybee LLP

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 are also a great place to work and are always looking for people to join our team. You can view our current opportunities on our careers page.

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Our Firm’s 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.

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.

For a more detailed look at the history of our firm, please visit our 125th anniversary page or scroll through our interactive history timeline above.

Firm Awards and Recognition

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

The Legal 500 logo

Intellectual Property Firms (Tier 4) (2019)

Canadian Lawyer Magazine logo

Top 10 Intellectual Property Boutique law firm (2012-2020)

IP Stars – Patent Prosecution logo

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars – Patent Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Contentious (Notable Firm) (2018)

IP Stars – Patent Contentious logo

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars – Patent Contentious (Notable Firm), Patent Prosecution (Tier 2), Trademark Contentious (Notable Firm), Trademark Prosecution (Tier 2) (2017)

Chambers Global logo

Listed in Chambers Global’s ranked list of intellectual property law firms (2014-2018)

World Trademark Review 1000 logo

WTR 1000 – World Trademark Review (2016-2017)

INTL Magazine logo

Canada’s Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year in Corporate INTL Magazine (2010)

IAM Patent 1000 logo

Recommended by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners

Interested in reading more about intellectual property? Visit our news section for IP news from Canada and around the world or check out our other sources of firm information:


Careers @ Ridout & Maybee LLP

Below you will find a list of the various departments instrumental in the operation of our firm. We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team, so if you see a department you are interested in and qualified for we encourage you to apply! Simply send a cover letter and resume to indicating the position and office location you are applying for.

Recent IP & Firm News

IP Lawyer Meika Ellis is first recipient of The Roger T. Hughes Future Leader Award

Ridout & Maybee LLP is pleased to announce that our very own Meika Ellis is the first ever recipient of the prestigious Roger T. Hughes Future Leader Award.

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Access Copyright v. York University – the Supreme Court of Canada Judgment

The more than ten-year-old effort by Access Copyright to impose a “mandatory tariff” through the Copyright Board on Canadian educational institutions is over in a quick, decisive, and devastating unanimous judgment from Justice Rosalie Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada on July 30, 2021.

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Proposed legislation adds excess claims fees and “three strike” office actions

Proposed changes to Canadian law were published in early July, which, if passed, will have significant consequences for patent applicants.

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Webinar: Patent Strategies for AI, Machine Learning and Big Data

In this webinar, Wael Nackasha and Matt Norwood will discuss strategies used to protect new artificial intelligence technologies using the patent system, in Canada, and abroad.

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CIPO Accepting Requests for Expedited Examination of Trademark Applications and Taking Measures to Improve Timeliness

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has published two new Practice Notices which attempt to address the current delays in processing of trademark examinations at CIPO.

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In The News: Ottawa law firms join program aimed at protecting Amazon merchants' IP

Tim Bourne, an Ottawa-based partner at Ridout & Maybee, says the trademark application process, which often takes up to three years to complete, can be “a little daunting” for small businesses.

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