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Richard Naiberg


rnaiberg@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4247
Fax:   416.979.1234

Richard Naiberg is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans. 

For more than 25 years, Richard’s practice has primarily been focused on intellectual property law and litigation.  Richard has very extensive experience in patent, trademark, copyright and industrial design litigation across a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cannabis, computing and software, power systems, mining, financial services, music publishing, television and film production, magazine publishing, apparel marketing, beer and wine, restaurants and packaged goods. 
Richard has been counsel on many landmark intellectual property cases, particularly before CIPO, in the Federal Court (including the Federal Court of Appeal) and on multiple occasions in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Richard also specializes in intellectual property portfolio management and due diligence and has extensive experience in developing strategies for the development, acquisition, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property of all types, as well as organizing defensive strategies for companies both in anticipation of and in response to allegations of infringement.  Richard also provides regulatory advice in respect of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.


Since the early 2000s, Richard has been regularly recommended for his expertise in intellectual property litigation by domestic and international legal surveys, including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences, Best Lawyers in Canada and Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners. Who’s Who Legal describes Richard as a “brilliant legal mind” with “impressive knowledge” and IAM Patent 1000 states that Richard “really knows his strategy when it comes to highly technical cases”, is “valued for his intellectual approach to complex assignments”, “works behind the scenes to create watertight cases” and is a “drug industry maven”.


Richard is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and the author of various articles on intellectual property law and advocacy. Richard has lectured at the Rotman School of Business and is a co-organizer and lecturer of Intellectual Property in Health Law - a course featured in Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional LLM program (2008-2010). Richard is also the co-author of a chapter entitled PMNOC Proceeding in Canadian Patent Law Benchbook, a resource for Canadian judges (2006-present).

Education University of Toronto (LL.B., 1991)
University of Western Ontario (B.Eng. Sci., Electrical, 1987)
Professional Affiliations

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Advocates' Society
American Intellectual Property Law Institute (AIPLA)
Canadian Bar Association – Former Chair, Intellectual Property Section
Federal Court Intellectual Property Users Committee

Year of Call

1993 Ontario