Our structure

Membership of the IPH Limited group

ROBIC operates as part of the IPH Limited group. IPH Limited is a public company that is the holding company for an international network of intellectual property professional services and adjacent businesses which operate under different brands in a range of jurisdictions. For more information on the IPH Limited group and its member companies, please see the IPH website.

ROBIC ownership and structure

ROBIC is the business name for two separate but related partnerships which provide separate specialised intellectual property services under the ROBIC brand in a collaborative manner, namely:

  • ROBIC LLP, a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of the Province of Quebec, which carries on the business of a law firm and solely provides legal services in Canada; and
  • ROBIC IP AGENCY LP, a limited partnership formed under the laws of the Province of Quebec, which carries on the business of a patent and trademark agency and provides all related and other services that are not legal services provided by ROBIC LLP.

ROBIC LLP is solely responsible for the provision of all services reserved to the legal profession pursuant to the rules applicable to the practice of law anywhere in Canada. ROBIC LLP will at all times provide such legal services, and all fees for legal services under the laws of any Province of Canada will be invoiced by ROBIC LLP.

ROBIC IP AGENCY LP generally provides all other services, all fees for such services will be invoiced by ROBIC IP AGENCY LP.

Ownership group

ROBIC operates as part of the IPH Limited group. Information on all legal entities forming part of the IPH Limited group is available here.

Each of the IPH group professional services businesses of ROBIC, Smart & Biggar, AJ Park, Griffith Hack, Pizzeys and Spruson & Ferguson operate independently from one another in the provision to clients of professional services.* The Applied Marks business operates independently from each of the IPH group professional services businesses but may refer clients to those businesses for the provision of certain services.

*A group business may in some cases engage or be engaged by another group business as a foreign agent or lawyer.

For more information on the key principles to which each IPH Limited group business adheres with respect to independence, appropriate disclosure of group relationships and the management of actual or potential conflicts of interest, see our Group Relationships Statement.