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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, including most recently current partner, Janet Fuhrer (former partner), 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 Gaille serving as editor.

For a more detailed look at the history on our firm, please visit our 125th anniversary page

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

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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

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Joanna Pitkin joins the Ridout & Maybee LLP partnership

Ridout & Maybee LLP is pleased to announce that Joanna Pitkin has joined the partnership, effective January 1, 2020.

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Partner Benjamin Mak Awarded 2019 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40 Award

The firm is pleased to announce that partner Benjamin Mak is a recipient of a 2019 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award!

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