ROBIC TO JOIN IPH’S LEADING INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF IP SERVICES FIRMS

2023-11-20

Quebec, November 20, 2023 – Prominent Canadian IP firm, ROBIC, today announced that it will be joining IPH Limited’s group of leading international IP services firms. This represents IPH’s third acquisition in Canada, with ROBIC joining IPH as the second firm operating in Canada (after the Smart & Biggar transaction in 2022), which is now the largest region for the group.

As part of IPH, ROBIC will gain access to a leading international network of intellectual property expertise across ten jurisdictions, including a well-established network in the Asia Pacific region, as well as significant resources to invest in enhancing the way the firm delivers IP services to clients in Canada. As part of the agreement, IPH will acquire the IP agency practice of ROBIC which will have an interest in the legal practice of ROBIC as permitted by Canadian regulation.

Commenting on the announcement ROBIC Executive Committee member, Dario Pietrantonio, “Joining the IPH group will bolster our international service offering while enabling us to invest in and grow our business locally. We look forward to continuing to support our clients here in Canada and around the world with all their intellectual property needs, whether patent and trademark prosecution or transactional or litigation matters with the backing of the IPH group. We are equally excited about the career opportunities this announcement opens up for our people.”

The firm will continue to operate under the existing ROBIC brand following completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in mid-December 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome ROBIC to the IPH group,” said IPH Managing Director & CEO, Dr Andrew Blattman. “This is an exciting development and continuation of our growth story in Canada and as a leading international network of IP services firms. Our investment in ROBIC signifies our commitment to Canada and we are proud of the opportunities we have already been able to offer clients and staff as part expansion into Canada.”

Aquasia acted as financial adviser and Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, Cassels Brock & Blackwell and Bird & Bird acted as legal advisers to IPH. Deloitte Corporate Finance Inc. acted as financial adviser and Stikeman Elliott LLP and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP acted as legal advisers to ROBIC, LLP.

CONTACT DETAILS

Media contact for ROBIC: Annabelle Laframboise, laframboise@robic.com

ABOUT IPH LIMITED

IPH is an international intellectual property services group, comprising a network of member firms working in ten IP jurisdictions and servicing more than 25 countries. The group includes leading IP firms AJ Park, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys, Smart & Biggar, Spruson & Ferguson and online IP services provider Applied Marks. IPH employs more than 1,400 people working in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

ABOUT ROBIC

Founded in Montreal in 1892, ROBIC is internationally renowned and has earned a reputation for excellence in intellectual property in Canada. Our firm has offices in Montreal and Quebec City, and includes a team of approximately 220 support staff and highly qualified professionals specializing in intellectual property and business law. ROBIC is one of the most prolific filers of trademarks in Canada and has earned an undeniable reputation for the quality and number of patents filed annually.