Deeth Williams Wall LLP is an innovative, entrepreneurial law firm, dedicated to helping clients develop, protect and commercialize all types of intellectual property and technology. Its partners specialize in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, with particular expertise in information technology, privacy and health care. The firm’s clients include Canadian and international leaders in the information technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health care, financial services, oil and gas, franchising, consumer products and food and beverage industries. DWW lawyers combine legal expertise with an intimate knowledge of the client’s business. The firm’s goal is to ensure that the legal rights of its clients are protected, while adding value to their businesses. Meeting the client’s need for personal, experienced, hands-on, timely and cost-effective advice is always the top priority.
PRINCIPAL PRACTICE AREAS
Information Technology: (Contacts: Amy-Lynne Williams, Richard Austin) DWW advises creators, owners and users of information technology, on all aspects of developing, acquiring, protecting and commercializing technology and deals with transactions and issues involving privacy, outsourcing, networks, licensing, technology transfer, publishing, multimedia, electronic commerce and dispute resolution. The firm’s clients include both producers and users of technology, as well as other legal, financial and technical professionals who provide products and services to the information technology industry.
Intellectual Property: (Contacts: Gervas Wall, Patents and Copyright; Marijo Coates, Gary Daniel, Trade-marks) The firm advises clients on clearance, protection and enforcement of patents, trade-marks, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and use of regulatory processes to derive optimal benefits from their intellectual property. The firm advises in the negotiation of all forms of agreements to commercialize intellectual property, including licences, acquisitions, franchises and joint ventures.
Litigation: (Contacts: Doug Deeth, Gary Daniel, Gervas Wall) The firm’s litigators represent clients in contractual disputes, infringement actions, oppositions and administrative hearings. The firm has the capability to act quickly and effectively in judicial review proceedings and other urgent matters. The firm also represents clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Health Care: (Contact: Doug Deeth, Gervas Wall, Gordon Jepson) Deeth Williams Wall assists Canadian and international clients with the regulatory applications, trials, approvals and lobbying which are required to clear new technology for use in Canada. The firm has rapidly acquired an international reputation as a leader in the health care field. The firm advises Canadian clients on patent and trade-mark protection, packaging and labelling, regulatory compliance, marketing and distribution of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology products.
Richard Austin: Richard’s areas of practice include outsourcing, development and systems implementation, privacy and security including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation, IT governance and regulatory compliance, licensing and Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Before joining DWW, Richard was general counsel of EDS Canada, one of Canada’s largest information technology service providers, for 18 years. Richard is a former Director and President of the Canadian IT Law Association and a member of the Executive Education Faculty of the Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE). He is a frequent speaker on technology law issues including on outsourcing, IT governance, privacy, cloud computing, social media, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and Identity Management. Richard was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985.
Marijo Coates: Marijo's expertise includes advising on commercial transactions involving IP licensing, merchandising, distribution and supply agreements. Marijo handles the IP portfolios of clients in Canada and abroad, including the prosecution and enforcement of the clients’ IP rights. The businesses range from cosmetics and food to the automotive industry, chemicals and software technology. Marijo is active in the CBA, IPIC, INTA, and MARQUES. Marijo has written and spoken on various aspects of trademark law and edited texts on Canadian trademark practice and procedure. She is the author of Register Your Trademark in Canada, published by International Self-Counsel Press. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983 and the Nova Scotia Bar in 1986. She is a Registered Trademark Agent.
Gary Daniel: Gary practises intellectual property law, including trademark, copyright and trade secrets and related litigation. His practice extends from the prosecution of trademark applications through to litigation of intellectual property rights. He appears in the courts of the Province of Ontario, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and before the Trademark Opposition Board and he advises clients in complex licensing issues and has acted as intellectual property counsel in major corporate transactions. Gary has been recognized by numerous publications, including: Chambers Canada, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Who's Who Legal, World Intellectual Property Review and World Trademark Review. Gary is involved in charitable organizations and for many years sat on the National Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada where he continues to serve as Ombudsperson. He was call to the Ontario Bar in 1989.
Douglas N. Deeth: Recognized in international reviews, including The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as one of Canada’s Leading Intellectual Property and IP Litigation lawyers. Practice combines extensive litigation experience with expertise product acquisition and licensing, particularly in the pharmaceutical area. Served as a Director of a number of start-up pharma companies. Advises clients on clearance, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights; appears before the Federal Court and the Ontario courts. President of FICPI, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, and former President of FICPI’s Communications Commission. Former member of the executive of the CBA(O) intellectual property section; past president of FICPI Canada; member of the IPIC, AIPLA, AIPPI and FICPI. Has lectured on IP issues at McGill, McMaster and University of Toronto, and spoken at national and international meetings on current IP issues. Graduate of U of Waterloo (engineering) and U of Toronto (law). Called to the Ontario Bar (1976) and is a Registered Patent and Trademark Agent.
Gervas W. Wall: Gervas’s practice extends from the prosecution of patent and trade-mark applications to intellectual property litigation. He appears in the courts of the Province of Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada and before the Trade-marks Opposition Board and Patent Appeal Board. Gervas has over 30 years of experience in litigation in intellectual property and information technology, including trials and injunctions. He advises on complex licensing issues and has acted as special intellectual property counsel in major corporate transactions and to international organizations. Gervas is a fellow of the IPIC and teaches the annual patent agent tutorials. Gervas writes and speaks regularly on intellectual property matters, including patent protection, licensing and security interests in intellectual property. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981 and is a Registered Patent and Trademark Agent.
Amy-Lynne Williams: Amy-Lynne practises exclusively in the area of information technology law and advises on outsourcing, electronic payments, privacy, e-commerce and Internet issues, international and domestic agreements for systems, and technology transfers. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada, as well as Expert Guides “Best of the Best”. Ranked in Band 1 of Chambers and Partners Canada Guide – Information Technology Lawyers and a “leading individual” under IT in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Listed in Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to “The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada”; and was named as Best Lawyers' "Toronto Information Technology Lawyer of the Year", for 2012 and 2014, and “Toronto Technology Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 and 2016. She is listed in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and is a “Most Frequently Recommended” Technology Transaction lawyer in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. She is a past president of the International Technology Law Association and a past president of the Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can). Amy-Lynne has testified as an expert witness on outsourcing agreements and has served as an arbitrator on an international arbitration panel. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980.