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Neil Kathol

Bar Admissions
1988 - Alberta Bar

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property and Technology

2017 - Distinguished - Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
2013 - 2017 - Best Lawyers International

Neil Kathol is a senior intellectual property lawyer, registered in Canada and the US, who helps clients with complex patent, trademark and copyright issues, primarily in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. Clients rely on Neil for litigation and advice for patent infringement, breach of confidence and misuse of trade-secrets, trademark infringement, design and copyright infringement and related claims and disputes. In addition, his practice includes:

  • Resolving invention ownership issues
  • Reviewing patents and advising on freedom-to-operate questions and advice to sellers/buyers
  • Managing international, North American and Canadian patent (with our patent team) and trademark portfolios
  • Performing patent, trade-mark, copyright and industrial design searches and freedom to operate due diligence
  • Litigating claims involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and designs along with other contractual and fiduciary issues

"I deeply care about my clients' problems and am a hard worker. I do the heavy lifting, which takes determination and collaboration with clients and their team. Strategically and technically, I do what it takes to get my clients what they deserve.

"People want to know their lawyer will take over a good share of their burden. So, I get to bottom of the case. I dump it all out on the table, which helps ensure that all of the evidence and the entire playing field are considered before settling on a strategy.

"This is one of the reasons that many of my long-standing clients call me for my feedback on non-IP business questions, too. With more than 25 years of experience, clients think of me as their trusted advisor."

Neil is a registered Trade-mark Agent in Canada and enrolled for prosecuting trademarks in the United States. He has also advised many clients with issues ranging from infringement concerns to knowing the playing field of the competition, often relating to technology used in the oil and gas industry. In addition to his work with energy-related IP, Neil has helped with the technology issues arising in many kinds of commercial transactions. He has led IP teams who analyze new technology being considered for purchase or license, acted on sales and acquisitions of technology assets, drafted technology transfer documentation and advised on design and development agreements which protect clients during the development, testing and commercialization of technology.

Neil is a member of the Field Law Executive Committee.

Outside of Work

Neil sculpts and paints in his spare time. "My style is contemporary, and I like plein aire painting, especially the edge and emotion of sitting outdoors in a quiet place and producing art."

He also snowboards and runs, including participating in his extended family's annual 100-mile relay run in the Kananaskis Range. "I'm a car nut, too, with a weakness for both vintage style and the ever-quickening new."


Contact Neil

Office:   Calgary  
Phone:   403 260 8564  
Fax:   403 264 7084