Welcome to IP-MEX Inc.

an Intellectual Property firm in Ottawa, Canada.

We specialize in building strong patent portfolios for high tech and start-up companies.

We work with the Venture Capital community to build solid IP programs for portfolio companies.

Our services range from drafting individual patent applications to establishing a full-scale patent program, including infringement/validity opinions and infringement avoidance strategies, conducting patent "mining" sessions, IP searches and competitive intelligence, IP education in a corporate setting, part-time in-house patent counsel services, patent and technology valuations, IP audits and litigation support, to name a few.

Our team of professionals consists of registered patent agents and patent engineers with advanced degrees in hard sciences and engineering, and 15-25 years of experience in the high tech industry.

Canada, the USA and Worldwide

We advise our clients on various aspects of patent law and provide the following services:

  • Preparation and prosecution of patent applications
  • Filing in Canada, US and Internationally via PCT and EPO
  • Infringement and Validity Opinions
  • Technical Infringement Analysis
  • Preparation and filing of Industrial design applications
  • Patent and Technical Searches
  • Assisting with trade-mark matters through our associate trade-mark agents

Our patent agents are registered in both Canada and the USA, and practice in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) directly on behalf of our Canadian clients.

Most of our patent experts hold Ph.D. degrees in Physics and Engineering with over 15-25 years of research and industry experience, and specialize in complex technological inventions. Our success rate of patent issuance is well above the industry average.

Our expertise includes a diverse range of technologies:

  • Optics/Photonics
  • Aerospace
  • Software
  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductors and Material Science
  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering
  • Computer and Internet related technologies
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Clean Technologies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Various Applied Engineering technologies
  • Methods of doing business

Virtual Patent Counsel

We provide virtual patent counsel services for small/medium corporations and start-up companies to fulfill their growing needs. Our patent experts have a proven record of success in establishing and running IP programs, including:

  • Due diligence (IP audits) of IP processes and existing IP portfolios
  • IP Strategy and policy development
  • "Mining" and evaluation of patentable ideas
  • Running patent review meetings
  • Trade secret protection
  • IP Budget preparation and management
  • IP database docketing and maintenance
  • Managing foreign IP associates
  • Intellectual Property Education for Employees and Executives

Patent Strategy, Competitive Intelligence and Litigation Support

We align our clients’ patent strategy with their business development strategy to create a “clean IP foundation” to eliminate or reduce the risk of patent infringement and litigation.

Our Competitive Intelligence services include analyzing competitor patent portfolios in relation to a client’s business, designing-around competitor patents, conducting freedom-to-operate searches, and building a patent defense strategy against patent infringement.

For companies involved in patent litigation, we provide litigation support services, including validity/infringement searches and opinions, technical consulting, and assistance with obtaining expert opinions. The extensive technical knowledge of our experts allows them to conduct a comprehensive search of relevant prior art documents and materials, including hard-to-find references.

IP Audits

As an independent third party, we conduct IP Audits by request, e.g., for mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, Venture Capital financing. Likewise, we perform patent portfolio valuations using our unique patented technology.

Patent Portfolio Valuation

We have developed unique patented methods for valuating large patent portfolios containing hundreds of patents and patent applications. IP valuation is carried out by multiple experts for rapid assessment, whose input is thoroughly calibrated and processed. Advanced methods of ensuring consistency and objectivity of evaluation are implemented. The results are interpreted by an Artificial Intelligence system, visualized in a color-coded form, and provides equally reliable results as compared to portfolio evaluation by a single trusted expert.

Our technology is suitable for consistent evaluation of large patent portfolios and provides a high objectivity, reliability, consistency and trustworthiness of the evaluation results, and can serve as a basis for licensing and cross-licensing deals, financial transactions using IP, and various business transactions involving IP.

Infringement & Validity Analysis

We offer a technical infringement analysis of patents, and provide legal infringement and validity opinions regarding hi-tech patents in the area of our expertise.

Industrial Design & Trade-mark services

Our team has solid expertise in directly obtaining both design patents in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and industrial designs in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). In Europe and other countries, we assist in obtaining industrial design protection through foreign associates.

We also provide trade-mark management services in obtaining trade-marks through a network of trusted associates.


For corporations

For start-up companies, we offer intellectual property educational seminars on how to establish an intellectual property program and build a “clean IP foundation” to avoid or minimize chances of infringement. The seminars include intensive training for executives, engineering, marketing, human resources, finance and supply management which are tailored specifically to their particular business functions within the companies.

For corporations, we offer hands-on educational seminars on various aspects of intellectual property for executives and employees to upgrade their knowledge of IP within their corporation.

For paralegals

We offer an extensive training course for patent paralegal professionals for practicing before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Tutoring is also available on an hourly basis.

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Dr. Victoria Donnelly is a founder of IP-MEX. She is a registered Patent Agent in Canada and the USA. She holds technical degrees in three various and complementary areas of engineering and science: Ph.D. in Math&Physics (Computational Physics), M.Sc. in Optics, and B.Eng. in Electronics and Applied Engineering. Victoria has over 10 years of academic research experience as a University Professor, and over 5 years of Management Consulting experience.

For the last 20 years Victoria has been concentrating on Intellectual Property management, demonstrating a proven record of success in establishing solid IP Programs in a diverse corporate environment, from a multi-national corporation to a number of high-tech companies. Victoria has worked as a Senior Manager of IP at Nortel Networks, and then as a Director of IP for Tropic Networks, a promising start-up company in Ottawa acquired by Alcatel-Lucent, where she has established a world-class IP program recognized by many investors. Victoria has also worked as a Director of IP at the patent licensing company, where she has specialized in filing and prosecution of patent application specifically for licensing purposes, and managed a vast patent portfolio of 5000 patents, including patents of Nokia, Microsoft and other large players on the market.

At IP-MEX, Victoria oversees the development of IP strategy, launching and maintaining full scale IP programs for local small and medium size companies by offering a full spectrum of IP services. Victoria is a prolific inventor herself; she is the author of more than 35 scientific publications and 8 patents. She is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society and Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

Victoria has personally filed over 300 patent applications in various technology areas, including: Optics/Photonics; Aerospace; Software; Telecommunications; Semiconductors and Material Science; Electronics; Electrical Engineering; Computer and Internet related technologies; Mechanical engineering; Chemical Engineering and Clean Technologies; Biomedical Engineering; Various Applied Engineering Technologies; Methods of doing business.

Dr. Allan Williams is another founder of IP-MEX. He holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics and M.Sc. in Radiophysics and Electronics, and has over 20 years of varied experience in Applied Physics Research with the emphasis on Solid State Physics, Electronics, Semiconductors and Optics.

Allan is also an experienced computer programmer with strong programming experience in C, PASCAL, FORTRAN, JAVASCRIPT, PERL and knowledge of modern Internet Technologies. In addition, Allan has 10 years of Consulting Experience in the Intellectual Property field, including 3 years of experience as a freelance technical expert at the Patent Office.

At IP-MEX, Allan oversees the development of software for managing intellectual property assets, the evaluation of patents and technologies for various purposes, the IP competitive intelligence, validity and infringement searches, designing around and inventing on demand for clients of IP-MEX.

Allan is also a prolific inventor, he is the author of more than 25 scientific publications and 10 patents.