Intellectual Property Forums (

(Message started by: PatentXaminer on Sep 4th, 2007, 5:53pm)

Title: Toronto, Canda patent law firm jobs?
Post by PatentXaminer on Sep 4th, 2007, 5:53pm

A little about my background in terms of education and work experience:
I graduated in 2005 with a BS is computer science and right out of college I worked for the USPTO as a patent Examiner for about 2 years. Around the 2 year mark, I quit the USPTO to work for a small law firm doing prosecution work (responding to Office Actions) and a some litigation work for about 5 months.

Question I would like informaiton on:
1. How marektable am I in terms of finding a job at a Canadian law firm in Toronto?
2. Where can I find job postings in Toronto, Canada for people with some US patent prosecution experience?
3. What would I need to do to enhance my marketability in finding an employment opportunity in Toronto, Canada?

Thanks in advance for any help provided.

Title: Re: Toronto, Canda patent law firm jobs?
Post by LJP on Sep 7th, 2007, 7:12am
Try this link.
It lists registered patent agents and firms in Ontario.

Google the firm/agent names for firm web sites. This should be a good place to start.

Or click on and select agent list if above doesn't work.

Title: Re: Toronto, Canda patent law firm jobs?
Post by pentazole on Sep 7th, 2007, 9:23am
You have the credentials for it so you shouldn't have trouble finding work.  The big IP firms in Canada are Smart and Biggar, which is the largest boutique firm I believe, ROBIC in Montreal is another boutique firm, then there's Gowlings Lafleur Henderson and Ogilvy Renault which are the two big GP firms with a substantial IP practice.  There's a small firm in Ottawa called G Ronald Bell and associates, which is a patent agency, which means there are no lawyers there (different laws than US), and it's known as a good place for patent agents to get their start, but you already know your stuff.

There's two recruiting agencies which I recommend that you get in touch with, Robert Half Legal (, you want to get in touch with their Ontario offices), and ZSA (  They are always very savvy on which firms need agents.

To qualify as a patent agent in Canada, you have to pass a written test, which is offered only once a year in April, and has a 15% pass rate.  I believe the tests consists of 5 sections, and even if you don't pass all 5, if you score above a certain percentage on a section, you don't have to take that specific section again.

My information comes from me being Canadian and doing the whole job search there before hopping over to the US, but I can't guarantee the accuracy so please do your own research.  I did get offered a position in Otario, but I got a counteroffer where I am now in the US 3 days before I started, so I came here.

Good luck.

Title: Re: Toronto, Canda patent law firm jobs?
Post by aspin on Sep 25th, 2007, 3:04pm
looking for a patent agent slash lawyer
email me at aspin at hotmail dot com

Title: Re: Toronto, Canda patent law firm jobs?
Post by larkas on Oct 1st, 2007, 8:59pm

You might want to check out this job posting on Patently-O if you are still looking:

Powered by YaBB 1 Gold - SP 1.3.2!
Forum software copyright 2000-2004 Yet another Bulletin Board