A 360-degree offering for innovative businesses: Goudreau Gage Dubuc, one of the largest intellectual property firms in Canada, joins Lavery Lawyers

MONTRÉAL, June 13, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Lavery Lawyers and Goudreau Gage Dubuc (GGD) are integrating their operations in order to offer their clients a complete range of legal services. The two firms will combine their teams, all of whom are recognized experts in their fields. To learn more, visit www.YourIpLawyers.ca. The GGD team with over 40 members, including 16 professionals, will join Lavery Lawyers over the coming weeks.

A combination that consolidates the services offered by Lavery to companies operating in the knowledge and innovation industries

"This business decision was made in the context of expanding issues relating to the digital revolution, the knowledge economy, and innovation, all of which are key factors in the economic prosperity of Canadian and foreign companies with operations in Canada. Protecting intellectual property, may it be through patents and trademarks, industrial designs and copyright, is central to the promising business strategies adopted by innovative industries and companies," said Anik Trudel, Lavery's Chief Executive Officer.

The integration consolidates Lavery's multidisciplinary approach. As the largest independent law firm in Quebec, Lavery is continuing to grow by adding the expertise brought by lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents specializing in intellectual property law, who belong to one of the most respected teams in the country. GGD ranks among the firms that file the most patent and trademark applications in Canada and its clients operate in over 100 countries. The firm serves numerous industries, including aerospace, new materials, energy storage, biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, computer science, and telecommunications.

"Companies recognize that innovation is an important driver of growth, which must be properly managed, particularly when it comes to intellectual property and especially trade and industrial secrets, and cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence. The issues are increasingly complex and our clients count on us," added Alain Leclerc, senior partner at Goudreau Gage Dubuc. "Our clients will now have access to services provided by a single integrated, well-respected team that brings 360-degree legal solutions tailored to their concerns allowing them to grow their businesses on a solid foundation."

Deep common roots in a culture of excellence and recognized depth of expertise

The culture of excellence, depth of expertise, and distinctive approach to client service that characterize both firms ensure that GGD's professionals will generate impressive synergy in the Lavery team. "Our decision to join forces with Lavery is based on the firm's excellent reputation and its business vision and on our cultural compatibility and complementary expertise. This is the key to the success that will benefit our broad spectrum of clients who need complete and pragmatic solutions to the challenges they face," said Chantal Desjardins, senior partner at Goudreau Gage Dubuc.

A transaction in synch with Lavery's business vision

"This combination consolidates the status of the firm as a leader in the legal industry in Quebec, while at the same time raising its profile abroad. The transaction aligns with our business vision: to be a leader in the transformation of legal services in Quebec. Integrating our firms will benefit our clients tremendously, our goal always being to ensure that our services respond to their business reality and to offer them a memorable service experience," Anik Trudel concluded.

Lavery is the largest independent law firm in Québec. The firm has offices in Montréal, Québec City, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières, where its professionals work daily to provide a diverse range of comprehensive legal services as well as integrated solutions suited to the industries in which its clients operate. Lavery's expertise is recognized by the most prestigious legal directories and the firm is frequently approached by numerous national and global law firms to provide representation in cases within the jurisdiction of Quebec. In 2018, Lavery was ranked first among regional law firms by Canadian Lawyer magazine for the fifth consecutive year and earned the Regional Law Firm of the Year in Canada award from Chambers Canada. In 2017, Lavery created the Lavery Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI) to analyze and monitor recent and anticipated developments in artificial intelligence from a legal perspective.

GGD has over 50 years' experience in the practice of intellectual property law, with a team of experts who include lawyers, patent agents and trade‑mark agents. It ranks among the firms that file the most patent and trademark applications in Canada. GGD has clients in over 100 countries. Its expertise benefits its clients and business partners, many of which operate in cutting-edge fields such as aerospace, new materials, energy storage, biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, computer science, and telecommunications, as well as more traditional fields such as mechanics, electricity, electronics, and chemistry. GGD received the Corporate Insiders 2017 Legal Award in the category Excellence in Patent Law Canada.



For further information: Jean-François Lemieux, Specialist, Media Relations, T 514-877-3002, jflemieux@lavery.ca


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