Michael Crichton is a partner in the firm's Ottawa office. Michael practises primarily in the area of intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation covering a wide range of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, manufacturing/ fabrication, communications, computer hardware and software and related technologies. As well, he regularly acts for clients involved in disputes concerning complex trade secrets and software copyright enforcement.
Recognized in IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP's IP Patent Stars and The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, Michael has appeared as trial counsel in a number of patent litigation proceedings and is an advocate before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. In addition to courtroom experience, he regularly represents and advises clients with respect to licensing of intellectual property, mediation proceedings and throughout settlement negotiations. Michael is also experienced with respect to Canada/U.S. cross-border intellectual property litigation and related matters.
As a registered Canadian patent agent and member of the High Tech Patent Group of Gowlings' Ottawa office, Michael's practice also focuses on strategic counselling and opinion preparation regarding patent infringement and validity issues, as well as patent drafting and prosecution.
He is a regular author on intellectual property matters, including articles published by IAM and the American Bar Association among others, and a chapter regarding patent litigation in Canada for the treatise Global Patent Litigation: How and where to win published by Bloomberg BNA.
Michael is currently an adjunct professor of intellectual property litigation (and previously an adjunct professor of patent law) at the University of Ottawa, the chair of the Ottawa chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and the editor-in-chief of Gowlings' IP Report.