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Any company or individual who has gone through the process of obtaining a patent or trademark is aware of just how complex an exercise it can be. In fact, a patent application is one of the most complicated documents known to our legal system, and for that reason should ideally be entrusted to an expert in the field.

Patrick J. Hofbauer of Hofbauer Professional Corporation in Burlington, Ontario, is such an expert. What’s more, Patrick is a lawyer who is also registered as both a patent and trademark agent, a welcome notion for local companies that have been forced to look to Toronto or elsewhere for experienced counsel in this specialized area of the law. “In this age of increasing technology, computers have become the great equalizer,” says Hofbauer. “We can now perform all of the same functions as large Toronto firms at a competitive cost. Moreover, we are able to offer our clients a more accessible, personalized approach.”

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial designs all fall under the general area of Intellectual Property (IP) law which, loosely speaking, concerns itself with the protection of ideas. While all four of these main areas of IP law offer varying degrees of protection, the qualifications for and extent of such protection is often a matter of considerable complexity. There are many grey areas where businesses can easily fall between the cracks, not fitting into any one specific category of IP and thereby losing effective protection for their creative efforts. There is also the risk of infringing the IP rights of others.

“The first thing to do inmost situations is to determine whether a client’s product or other innovation is capable of patent, trademark, copyright, or industrial design protection”, says Hofbauer.

“Deciding what kind of protection is needed to protect your IP can be difficult.
There is a lot of misinformation in circulation, and one of our strengths is
that we can cut quickly cut through the confusion and lay out the law in
simple terms that our clients can understand and relate to. This is invaluable.”

To be capable of effectively translating an inventor’s ideas into a protectable form comes only through years of experience and impeccable qualifications. Patrick Hofbauer has been specializing in the field of intellectual property law for over 35 years. His ability to comprehend the technical aspects of IP law is the result of a combined background in both law and science. As well as being a registered patent and trademark agent in Canada, Hofbauer is one of a small number of Ontario agents registered to do the same in the U.S., a decided advantage for those corporations doing business-or aspiring to-in both countries. Moreover, Hofbauer Professional Corporation has professional contacts in more than 90 countries who are available to assist in procuring and enforcing IP rights on a global scale.

Profile of Principal – PATRICK J. HOFBAUER, B.Sc., LL.B.

Lawyer, Registered Patent and Trademark Agent

Phone: 905-319-9168
Fax: 905-319-0809
2231 Britannia Road
Burlington, Ontario
L7P 0E8 Canada

Patrick has over 35 years of intellectual property law experience with clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. He has extensive experience in the filing and prosecution of mechanical and chemical patent applications, trademark applications, the preparation and negotiation of patent licenses, know-how licenses, secrecy agreements, cooperative licensing programs, technology development and joint development agreements. Patrick has been extensively involved in the conduct and settlement of litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyright and breach of confidentiality. During his long and distinguished career, Patrick has practiced IP law at both large corporate law firms and boutique law firms in Toronto and Hamilton. He founded his own IP law practice in Burlington in 1991.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa


  • Admitted to practise law before the Courts of Ontario and the Federal Court of Canada, 1982
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 1982
  • Registered U.S. Trademark Agent, 1983
  • Registered Canadian Patent Agent, 1985
  • Registered U.S. Patent Agent, 1986


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Halton County Law Association
  • Hamilton Law Association
  • Fellow of Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)

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