Natalie-2014Natalie Raffoul

Managing Partner (Brion Raffoul)
nraffoul@cbrcanada.com

Natalie Raffoul is a managing partner with recognized expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter.   That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven (7) most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada.  She was also recently recognized in the Women in Law Awards 2015 by Lawyer Monthly Magazine (UK).

Natalie’s success stems in large part from a passion for spurring innovation in the tech sector since her career start in 2000.  Ms. Raffoul works closely with companies to develop and refine IP procurement strategies within the context of a particular company’s business goals and environment.  She is a regular lecturer at the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University) and is a faculty member for the Ottawa Lead To Win entrepreneurship program.  She has also been invited to speak at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) on such noteworthy cases as the Amazon decision issued by the Federal Court of Appeal.  Natalie is also Director of the joint IPIC/McGill Understanding Patents Course, and lectures on the patenting of software and business methods, as well as on international patent practice.

Ms. Raffoul specializes in filing and prosecuting patent and design applications for her Canadian clients worldwide.  She provides advice to her clients, in English and in French, on worldwide patent filing strategies and portfolio management that include trade secret considerations.  Her technology expertise includes: electronics, communications and networking, manufacturing, consumer products, fuel cells, security, and mobile applications.

As a lawyer, Natalie also works with her clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context.  She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for her clients, that cover IP rights in Canada and globally.  She is also experienced in drafting customized IP ownership agreements, software license and service agreements, end-user license agreements (EULAs), Material transfer agreements (MTAs), and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

Natalie holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (London, Canada) and a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada).  She is also a registered patent agent.

Her community involvement includes volunteer positions with a variety of charities, such as the Caring and Sharing Exchange as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet, and as a director on numerous boards, including the Ottawa Hospital Foundation Board.  In 2015, Natalie was awarded the Ottawa Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 award, which recognizes an elite group of business people under the age of 40 who are committed to business excellence, professional expertise and community giving.  In 2016, she was selected as a Finalist for Ottawa’s Businesswoman of the Year Award (BYA), one of the three professional women being recognized for their outstanding business achievements.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

  • B.E.Sc. (Electrical), University of Western Ontario
  • J.D. (Law), Queen’s University
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent
  • P.Eng., Professional Engineer of Ontario
  • Barrister & Solicitor (Ontario)
  • Notary Public (Ontario)

RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Moderator: “Cyber Security: Intersection of Issues around data security, trade secrets, regulatory frameworks, and consumer privacy”, Los Angeles, June 16, 2017
  • McGill-IPIC Patent Course, Lecture: “Business Methods and Software Patents”, Montreal, annually since 2014, and on July 18, 2017
  • Panelist Expert for Canada: “Trade Secrets and Data Privacy Panel”, IP Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) Unfair Compettition and Trade Secrets Panel, Chicago, June 23, 2016
  • IPIC Speaker: “Best Practices for Responding to Section 2 Objections during Patent Protection”, IPIC Continuing Legal Education Webinar, June 17, 2016
  • Speaker: “Design Protection in Canada”, Ottawa, June 10, 2016
  • Speaker at the CIGI ILRP Roundtable: Positioning Canada to be Leader in the Global IP System,  Ottawa, January 19, 2016
  • IP Law Lecturer – Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ottawa, November 9, 2015 (annual since 2011)
  • LES USA & Canada Mid-Year Meeting, Co-Speaker with Allison Mages, GE: “Speed for Green: Expediting Green Patent Applications”, New York City, March 26, 2014.
  • Lead To Win (Business Development Program for Entrepreneurs) Lecture:  “Business Aspects of Intellectual Property”, Ottawa, February 19, 2014 (annual since 2012)
  • NRC-IRAP Lecture for Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs): “Early-Stage Start-Ups: Intellectual Property (IP) Pitfalls to be Aware Of” – May 22, 2012
  • IPIC Speaker: “The Amazon Decision: The Federal Court of Appeal Clarifies the Criteria for Patentability of Business Methods”, IPIC Continuing Legal Education Webinar, Ottawa, December 16, 2011
  • LSUC CPD Seminar Presenter: “Review of Critical Case Law in Patents and Trademarks” – September 2011
  • IPIC Speaker: “A Yen For Euros and Pesos: Doing Business Abroad”, IPIC Young Practitioners Committee Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario – June 11, 2010
  • Presenter: “The Ins and Outs of Patenting Software-Related and Business Method Inventions”, Fresh Founders, Ottawa – May 6, 2010

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • Raffoul, N. and A. Mages 2014, Speed For Green – Expediting Green Patent Applications.  LES Insights, April 28, 2014
  • Raffoul, N. and A. Brion. 2011. Reasons for Patent Protection and Cost-Effective Patent Filing Options for SMEs. Technology Innovation Management Review.  December 2011: 29-33
  • Natalie Raffoul, “The Patentability of Electromagnetic and Acoustic Signals in Canada” (2009) 7 C.J.L.T. 1-192

BUSINESS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Board Member, Ottawa Hospital Foundation, (2017 – )
  • Director of McGIll/IPIC Patent Course, Montreal, (2016 – )
  • Secretary, LES USA Canada Foundation Board, (2016 – )
  • Chair LESI YMC Committee (2017 – )
  • Chair of 2nd Pan-American LESI YMC Event, Ottawa, June 10, 2016
  • Chair of Speaker Bank Committee, IPIC Women in IP Networking Group (2016 – )
  • Secretary, Green Technology Committee Member, AIPPI (2013 – )
  • Board Reviewer – Lead To Win (Business Development Program for Entrepreneurs)  – Ottawa (2011 – )
  • Organizing Committee, 2017 LES IP100 meeting, for IP Owners by IP Owners
  • Board Member and Engagement Committee Chair, Western University Alumni Association Board, London, Ontario (2013 – 2017 )
  • Chair of the Campaign Cabinet of the Caring and Sharing Exchange, Ottawa (2013 – 2016)
  • Director – Signority Inc., Ottawa (2012 – 2014)
  • Lead To Win Faculty Member and Lecturer (Winter 2012, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2015)
  • Mock Interviewer for the Legal Links & Bridges Mentoring Program, The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) (2011, 2013)
  • Board Member and Secretary, Vanier Community Service Centre (2010 – 2012)
  • Board Member, Vanier Community Association (2010 – 2013)
  • Programming Committee Member and Fundraising Committee Member, Dress for Success Ottawa National Capital Region (2010 – 2011)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executive Society (LES USA & CANADA)
  • Licensing Executive Society International (LESI)
  • Royal Ottawa Golf Club

 

AWARDS

ACQ5 2016 Game Changer Award

 

 

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