Douglas G. Copland - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Douglas G. Copland

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 604-640-4223

Doug Copland is a partner in the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.  His practice is focused in four areas:  

Private Companies - advising privately held businesses on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including corporate organization, acquisitions and divestitures, and commercial contracts of all types.

Corporate Governance, with a focus on cooperative associations and similarly constituted entities.
Information Technology, including the acquisition of computer systems and software and related services.

Intellectual Property, covering all areas of the creation, protection, exploitation (including licensing and franchising) and enforcement of trade-marks, copyrights, patents, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights (excluding the preparation and prosecution of patent applications).  

University of British ColumbiaBBus 1984University of British ColumbiaLL.B 1985
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Client Comments

"I have been Doug's client at three different Companies and his focus on client service, knowledge, and ability to add value are outstanding. Doug is an outstanding negotiator, clear communicator, and good "team player." His work product is also always on time and top quality. "

-Andrew Morden
The Internet Marketing Center

"Doug Copland, at BLG, is without a doubt the best lawyer I have had the pleasure of working with. He brings to the table his vast knowledge, integrity, professionalism, and prompt response time (always greatly appreciated). Doug also works extremely well with other counsel yet manages to get what is best for Storefront out of the negotiations. Doug a true pleasure to deal with - I have absolute confidence in Doug's abilities and highly recommend him. "

-Suzanne Daley
Vice President, Business Development

"Mr. Copland was helping us with a 150MCAD service deal with a major customer in Canada. During the negotiations, he showed excellent understanding of the service business. He was also working as a very strong team player, contributing to the whole negotiation team on our side. During many tough moments, he was also able to bridge the two companies with compromises acceptable for both parties. I would strongly recommend Mr. Copland for any large contract deals in the region. "

-Mikko Lavanti
Head of DSLAM BL
Nokia Siemens Networks

"Doug is a calming influence in the crazy world of start ups. I don't know how many times I have called him with the latest challenge and he has patiently and kindly led me through the maze of issues. He is always available to listen and provide sound guidance at the same time as providing instruction on how to handle similar situations in the future. He has taught me to "close the loops" in thinking about business negotiations and to approach such discussions with a more systems approach. All this, plus the fact that he is a kind, gentle soul, makes him an ideal lawyer for Earthcycle. "

-Shannon Boase
Earthcycle Packaging Ltd.

"Doug Copland is an outstanding lawyer. Working with him on a large client acquisition deal proved to be one of the best investments we ever made. He not only mastered our legal needs, but accurately predicted our future business environment to provide protections we certainly used as the contract progressed. Best of all, he was a pure joy to work with and at the end of our contract negotiation, it was like leaving a good friend behind. He fit in well with our corporate culture and translated our business spirit and intent into a long-term sustainable business relationship with our client."

-Kevin Kelly
General Manager North America Broadband Systems

"I have worked with Mr. Copland for five years. He has carefully managed privileged information and has rapidly resolved any account issues. He has always been very responsive and complete. I have recommended other people to use Mr. Copland numerous times."

-Dick Hardt
Sxip Identity Corporation

"Doug is an excellent corporate and intellectual property lawyer. He is very responsive and solution oriented, mixed, moreover, with a much appreciated dry wit. I highly recommend him and the service he provides. "

-Tyler Barrs
General Counsel
Boston Pizza International Inc.

"Our firm has worked with Doug and BLG for many years. We have asked Doug to help us with a wide range of issues, and on each occasion, have been extremely satisfied with the level of service, professionalism, and advice we have received. As a small firm we need to watch our costs carefully. Doug has always been responsive to this fact, often suggesting what would be suitable for our particular business situation, or suggesting that an issue could be handled by a more junior member of the firm. In summary, I would say that our relationship with Doug has evolved from client/attorney to trusted advisor."

-Mike Walsh
Envision Sustainability Tools Inc.

"Doug is highly knowledgeable regarding medical intellectual property issues. Doug was able to provide us with clear, understandable advice and was also able to give us specific opinions related to some very precise questions. His ability to clearly express a complex opinion was very helpful. Doug's friendly interpersonal style, combined with his professionalism and competence make it a pleasure to work with him. "

-Marcel Dvorak
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Inc.
Dr. Marcel Dvorak, Inc.

Office Location

1200 Waterfront Centre
200 Burrard Street
P.O. Box 48600
Vancouver, BC V7X 1T2

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law

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