Canadian courts rarely award punitive damages in patent
infringement actions, making a recent award of punitive damages in
the Eurocopter case particularly notable. Eurocopter had sought
punitive damages in the amount of $25,000,000, alleging that the
defendant, Bell Helicopter, knowingly and maliciously infringed
Eurocopter's patent. The Court, in holding that Eurocopter was
entitled to punitive damages, found it implausible that a
sophisticated entity such as Bell did not have knowledge of
Eurocopter's patent, and found that "Bell knew or should
have known" of the patent.
Gowlings leads the way for Canadian firms at the Managing
Intellectual Property North America Awards
It was with great pride that the Gowlings Intellectual Property
Group accepted four significant awards at the fifth-annual
Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards gala
on March 27 in Washington, D.C. This outstanding achievement is a
definitive reflection of the high standard of work consistently
produced by the Gowlings IP team.
Gowlings dominated Managing IP's practice area
awards, taking home top honours in three of the six "Firm of
the Year" categories: Patent Prosecution, Trademark
Prosecution and Trademark Contentious. Gowlings was also nominated
for "Firm of the Year" for Patent Contentious and
In addition, the team won "Case of the Year 2012
– Trademark" for its work in Masterpiece v
Alavida Inc., a precedent-setting Supreme Court case, and
Gowlings partner Arthur Renaud was recognized for his efforts with
a nomination for "Outstanding IP Practitioner of the
Gowlings was proudly represented at the gala by James Buchan,
Stéphane Caron, Anthony Creber, Kelly Gill, James Longwell
and Omar Nassif.
Ottawa Professional Marion Bailey-Canham wins ILO Client Choice
Gowlings Ottawa professional Marion Bailey-Canham recently won
the ILO Client Choice Award, 2012, in the Canadian intellectual
property category. The International Law Office (ILO) announced the
winning partners and firms for the ILO Client Choice Awards at a
gala dinner held in London. This year, ILO recognized 303
individual winners across 55 jurisdictions worldwide.
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