Dominique  Pomerleau

Dominique Pomerleau

Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, Patent Agent in Canada and in the United States, Partner


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Tel. Québec: 418 653-1817
Languages: English, French


Dominique Pomerleau specializes in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and in providing patentability, validity, infringement and right to manufacture opinions, in the fields of mechanical, industrial processes, pulp and papers, mineralurgy, metallurgy, materials and plasturgy. Dominique Pomerleau also advises clients in patent portfolios and due diligence matters.

She is a registered patent agent in Canada since 2005 and in the United States since 2006. In 2005, she was the recipient of the J. Edward Maybee prize for highest results on the patent agents’ examinations in Canada.

A junior member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, she was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in  Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Université Laval in 1998. She was also awarded a Master’s degree and Doctorate’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Université Laval respectively in 2002 and 2003. Her graduate studies focused on the phenomenological modelling of applied industrial processes, in particular on an oxide pellet induration furnace and an extruder used in the food industry. She also studied the multivariable control and real-time optimization of industrial processes.

Dominique Pomerleau has practiced at a national intellectual property firm in Québec city, before joining ROBIC at the opening of the Québec office. She has over ten years of experience in the field of materials, metallurgical and industrial processes and was previously a lecturer in the Department of mineral, metallurgical and materials engineering at Université Laval.

Recognized in the IAM Patent 1000 2015 to 2018: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, a guide to the top patent professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). The research process was conducted over several months and involved over 1,500 interviews with patent specialists around the globe. Regarding Dominique, it is mentioned : « The “amazing” Dominique Pomerleau “does great work and her customers are always satisfied”, thanks to her “swift comprehension of technical matters” », and « Dominique Pomerleau is singled out as “a very intelligent and strategic attorney, who gets to the bottom of the invention and advises clients accordingly”, and « ”Brilliantly helping patrons to strengthen their legal protection are electronics and telecommunications doyen Louis-Pierre Gravelle and Dominique Pomerleau, a materials science Ph.D. who can instantly get to grips with the most sophisticated mechanical inventions” », and « Nathalie Jodoin, Dominique Pomerleau and Louis-Pierre Gravelle are also adept at fortifying the inventions of prestigious companies with iron-cast prosecution. They all have a glowing reputation for mechanical matters. » »

Dominique Pomerleau’s clients include SMEs and large companies both in Canada and throughout the world. Her clients specialize in various fields, including:

– Construction
– Pulps and papers
– Sport article industry
– Metallurgy
– Material science


  • Ph. D. in Metallurgical Engineering, Université Laval (2003)
  • M. Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering, Université Laval (2002)
  • B. Eng. in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Université Laval (1998)


  • Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (ADRIQ)/ Réseau conseil en technologie et en innovation (RCTi)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Practice areas

  • Industrial Design - counsel
    • Drafting and Prosecution of Industrial Design Applications
    • Validity, Infringement and Freedom to Operate Opinions
  • Patents - Counsel
    • Due Diligence (Patents - Counsel)
    • Portfolio Management
    • Drafting and Prosecution of Patent Applications
    • Validity, Infringement, Freedom to Operate and Patentability Opinions
    • Strategic Planning
    • International Patent Portfolio Management
  • Patents - Fields of Science and Engineering
    • Nanotechnology
    • Process Engineering
    • Mining Engineering
    • Robotics
    • Inorganic Chemistry
    • Materials Chemistry
    • Electrochemistry
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metallurgy
    • Mineralurgy
    • Materials
    • Plasturgy
    • Industrial Processes
    • Rheology
    • Physical Sciences
    • Wind Energy

Industry expertise

  • Clean Tech
  • Construction and Structures
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Materials and Metallurgy
  • Mechanical


  • Patents: Major Changes in the United States
  • Le statut de petite entité au Canada et nouveauté – ce qui constitue une divulgation publique d’une invention, Vice-rectorat à la recherche de l’Université Laval
  • The Innovation Process – Intellectual Property and Financing Strategies – The Basics», Canadian Association of Physicists / L’Association canadienne des physiciens et physiciennes
  • La propriété intellectuelle : les rudiments et les nouveautés», Formation continue aux avocats en contentieux
  • L’innovation ouverte et les droits de propriété intellectuelle dans un milieu académique : incompatibles?

Scientific articles

  • Pomerleau, D & Hodouin, Daniel & , Poulin. (2005). A first principle simulator of an iron oxide pellet induration furnace – An application to optimal tuning. Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly. 44. 571-582.
  • Pomerleau, Dominique & Hodouin, Daniel & Poulin, Éric. (2003). Performance analysis of a dynamic phenomenological controller for a pellet cooling process. Journal of Process Control. 13. 139-153.
  • Pomerleau, Dominique & Pomerleau, André & Hodouin, Daniel & Poulin, Éric. (2003). A procedure for the design and evaluation of decentralised and model-based predictive multivariable controllers for a pellet cooling process. Computers & Chemical Engineering. 27. 217-233.
  • Pomerleau, Dominique & Pomerleau, André. (2001). Guide lines for the tuning and the evaluation of decentralized and decoupling controllers for processes with recirculation. ISA transactions. 40. 341-51.
  • Pomerleau, Dominique & Hodouin, Daniel & Poulin, Eric. (2000). A phenomenological nonlinear multivariable controller for a pellet cooling process. IFAC Proceedings Volumes. 33. 167-172.


  • La protection de la propriété intellectuelle et la fiducie de protection d’actifs: des outils essentiels pour éviter de perdre le fruit de son travail ! – en collaboration avec Me Pierre-Alain Roy et Me Luc Paradis de Morency Société d’avocats, Corporatio
  • Brevets, dessins industriels et marques de commerce : risques pour les entreprises, Regroupement des gestionnaires de risque, Québec, avril 2014
  • La protection de la propriété intellectuelle et la fiducie de protection d’actifs: des outils essentiels pour éviter de perdre le fruit de son travail ! – en collaboration avec Me Pierre-Alain Roy et Me Luc Paradis de Morency Société d’avocats, Corporatio
  • Le brevet: démarches, frais, délais et commercialisation, Tournée Mireille Jean « Innover c’est bien… breveter c’est mieux!», Ste-Marie-de Beauce et Québec, 2012
  • Atelier clinique sur la propriété intellectuelle, Journée sur la propriété intellectuelle de l’Association pour la recherche au collégial (ARC), Montréal, 2012
  • La propriété intellectuelle comme outil de développement des affaires pour les entreprises du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, CLD du Saguenay, Chicoutimi, 2012
  • La propriété intellectuelle en milieu collégial – Qui a les droits?, 9e congrès de la Fédération des cégeps, Québec, 2012
  • L’innovation ouverte ou comment tirer des bénéfices d’un partenariat d’affaires sans trop de risques, Association des manufacturiers en électronique du Québec, Québec, 2011