Partner, Gowling WLG
Michael Crichton is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office and the Canadian leader of Gowling WLG’s Intellectual Property Litigation & Strategy Group. Michael has a decade and a half of experience as an intellectual property litigator and strategic adviser. Both his domestic and international clients consist of companies engaged in a wide range of technologies, including mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, communications, and related technologies.Recognized in Who’s Who Legal, IAM Patent 1000, Managing IP’s 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. Michael also regularly acts for clients involved in disputes concerning complex trade secrets and software copyright enforcement. In addition, Michael is a registered patent agent and professor of intellectual property litigation at the University of Ottawa.
Before resorting to litigation, prospective licensors and licensees regularly engage in negotiations regarding the licensing of one or more patents. These negotiations may, in some cases, involve face-to-face meetings between the parties to hash out the issues, including the parties’ respective strengths and weaknesses in their cases, and what a mutually acceptable royalty would be […]