Dimock Stratton merges with DLA Piper (Canada)

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and Dimock Stratton LLP have combined forces.

Announced earlier today and effective starting Nov. 1, lawyers from the intellectual property firm will join DLA Piper's Toronto office.

The Canadian arm of DLA Piper ­— which has six offices across the country — joined with DLA Piper, which spans more than 30 countries, in April last year.

A press release states "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."

Roger Meltzer, global co-chair and co-chair (Americas) of DLA Piper, was also quoted in the release.

“We are excited to build on our successful entrance into Canada with this combination,” he said.

“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. The firm specializes in intellectual property litigation, as well as the acquisition, licensing and portfolio management of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Dimock Stratton has represented some big brands over the years including 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, the release notes.

Bruce Stratton, partner at Dimock Stratton LLP, says he will be a partner with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. He says Dimock Stratton has 19 lawyers.

Of the 19, 16 will be joining DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, and two partners and one associate are forming their own firm on Nov. 1.

“It’s exciting, an exciting opportunity,” Stratton told Legal Feeds.

The offices of Dimock Stratton will be moving to First Canadian Place.

“The legal market is changing and becoming more of a global market, and for intellectual property, the global aspect is key and we see this as a way of connecting into an incredible global network,” says Stratton.

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