Meika Ellis is an associate at Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm's Ottawa office. Meika's practice covers most areas of intellectual property law including: prosecution of and litigation matters concerning trademarks, copyright, domain name disputes, emerging technology, and patents.
Meika graduated from the University of Ottawa’s Common Law program. When not taking courses, Meika worked on several law and technology projects including doing work for CIPPIC, and, under professor supervision, researching how emerging technologies fit into Health Canada's existing liability framework. Her primary "job" prior to entering private practice was working with professors and researchers at uOttawa and throughout Africa in the partnership network, Open African Innovation and Research (Open AIR), where she and her colleagues dedicated their research to looking at easing the tensions between intellectual property and access to knowledge throughout the African Continent.
As a member of Gwich'in Fort McPherson Band, Meika is continually looking for opportunities and people to collaborate with to find and understand ways to better serve Indigenous communities, which are often not able to benefit as easily as others from the Western IP system.
When Meika is not working, she is likely exploring the thrilling landscapes across the globe on her bike—track or road—as a competitive racer in training. Her passion is on the velodrome, which has influenced the name of her TV series (if HBO ever replies…): "why does turning right feel so wrong."
- B.Sc. (Biological Sciences), University of Alberta (2012)
- J.D., University of Ottawa (2017)
- Barrister & Solicitor, Province of Ontario (2018)
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – IPIC
- The Roger T. Hughes Future Leader Award (Recipient)