Groupe Dupuis Paquin

Intellectual property

In our globalized economy, many SMEs would be unable to survive in fiercely competitive markets based only on low production costs. The protection of their intellectual property allows SMEs to differentiate themselves and thus to grow.

For this reason, significant investments are made by companies of all sizes to develop a portfolio of intellectual properties. For some of these companies, these investments put their survival at stake and consequently, the jobs that depend on them.

Violating intellectual property rights is, in today's economy, simply considered as an act of theft.

However, these matters are far from being black or white. Indeed, several questions may arise that could cast doubt on the reality of the intellectual property infringement. For example, in many cases, it cannot be easily determined whether the offending reproductions are imitations of the copyrighted work or whether the patented process is the one that was used. These cases highlight the balance that must exist between the protection of intellectual property and freedom of competition.

Whether your business is accused of intellectual property infringement or the victim of such a violation, our interdisciplinary expertise will, in both situations, offer answers suitable to your legal status but also to your business issues.

In this practice area, our team meets your needs in several ways, including:

  • Establishment of intellectual property protection mechanisms;
  • Development of internal procedures to prevent violations of intellectual property rights;
  • Negotiation of amicable settlements with the alleged perpetrators of violations of intellectual property rights;
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police;
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with the federal Crown prosecutors including the adoption of diversion solutions;
  • Representation in court in the event of criminal prosecution for violation of intellectual property rights;
  • Private prosecutions for violation of intellectual property rights.