DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and Dimock Stratton LLP announce combination


DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement to combine with renowned intellectual property law firm Dimock Stratton LLP ("Dimock Stratton"). Sixteen lawyers from Dimock Stratton will be joining the DLA Piper office in Toronto effective November 1, 2016.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is a leading full-service law firm with six offices across Canada. It became part of DLA Piper ­– which spans more than 30 countries ­– in April 2015. One of the world’s largest firms, DLA Piper is a widely recognized provider of a full range of commercial, intellectual property law, privacy, sourcing and technology law services for leading businesses worldwide. The combination with Dimock Stratton will significantly augment the firm’s ability to provide leading-edge commercial advice and representation to the growing number of Canadian businesses seeking to expand operations overseas as well as international companies entering the Canadian market.

"We are excited to build on our successful entrance into Canada with this combination," said Roger Meltzer, global co-chair and co-chair (Americas) of DLA Piper. "This key market continues to generate a wealth of new opportunities, and with intellectual property and technology law standing at the core of so many major business transactions across sectors, this is an important step to boost our competitive edge and execute our growth strategy."

Dimock Stratton was founded in 1994 by Ron Dimock and Bruce Stratton and specializes in intellectual property litigation and the acquisition, licensing and portfolio management of patents, trade-marks, and copyrights; as well as trade secret protection. As one of Canada’s preeminent IP firms, it has represented some of the globe’s biggest brands such as BMW, Cisco Systems, A&W Food Services, and Magna. Its lawyers have been involved in one out of every five patent trials in Canada in the last 25 years and have been counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on leading cases in patent, trademark and copyright litigation. Among numerous industry recognitions, it has consistently been named one of Canada’s top 10 intellectual property boutique firms by Canadian Lawyer magazine.

"It has always been our goal to stay ahead of the curve in Canada’s globalizing legal and business landscape, and we seize every opportunity to deepen our capabilities to serve our clients," said Robert Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner. "It is a tremendous growth opportunity to be joining forces with an industry heavyweight such as Dimock Stratton, which has been involved in many influential cases in patent, trade-mark and copyright law in Canada. We are excited for what this combination will achieve for our clients." 

"We are thrilled to bring our team of nationally recognized practitioners to the DLA Piper brand," said Ron Dimock, co-founding partner of Dimock Stratton. "The multi-jurisdictional reach and vast network of resources of DLA Piper’s global platform will give our clients a significant advantage in meeting their IP objectives and protecting their investments."

DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice helps clients in a wide range of sectors ­– from emerging technology and pharmaceutical companies to established banks and financial institutions ­– achieve their objectives and protect their brands, products, data and services wherever they do business.