Gowlings Recognized as Canada's Best Patent Prosecution Law Firm As ranked by
Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings) has been named "Firm of the Year" for patent prosecution by the leading U.K. legal publication Managing Intellectual Property Magazine (MIP).

"To be singled out as the Canadian Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year is a significant achievement and reflective of Gowlings' commitment to providing clients with creative solutions," said Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings' Chair & CEO. "Our culture of innovation encourages us to think differently about our clients issues and challenges us to create effective and valuable solutions to their problems. Our patent work in Canada continues to grow every year and our recognition by MIP is a reflection of our success."

In addition, Gowlings won the coveted "Copyright Case of the Year" for its involvement in the SOCAN//NRCC/CSI Satellite Royalties case.

The North American awards-which included regional and national winners for the U.S., Canada and Mexico-were handed out on April 15 at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

Gowlings was one of only two firms in Canada to be named to the short list in all of the categories for which MIP names a Firm of the Year. Specifically, Gowlings was on the short list for:

    - Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year
    - Patent Contentious Firm of the Year
    - Trade-mark Prosecution Firm of the Year
    - Trade-mark Contentious Firm of the Year
    - Copyright Firm of the Year

The Firm has a history of recognition with MIP. Named Canadian Patent Firm of the Year for the past three years, in 2009 Gowlings was also named Canadian Trade-mark Firm of the Year. Gowlings has appeared as a leader in patents, trade-marks and copyright in the MIP World IP Survey since its inception 14 years ago.

MIP was founded in 1990 and is now firmly established as the leading international magazine for IP owners. It is a globally distributed publication covering developments affecting intellectual property from both a legal and business perspective.

About Gowlings

Gowlings is one of Canada's largest law firms, with offices across the country, as well as in Moscow and London. The Firm offers a diverse range of services to assist Canadian and international organizations in achieving their business objectives. Recognized for excellence in business law, advocacy, and intellectual property, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in the resource, infrastructure, life sciences, government, financial services, technology and manufacturing sectors. Combining traditional legal services with innovative solutions in a number of highly specialized areas of law and business, Gowlings is Canada's go-to law firm. Visit gowlings.com.

SOURCE Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

For further information: For further information: Evelyn Dempsey, Director of Marketing and Business Development, t. (416) 814-5679, evelyn.dempsey@gowlings.com

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