Allan Brett
Partner, Ottawa
Barrister and Solicitor,
Patent Agent


Phone: 613.232.2486
Fax: 613.232.8440
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  • Queen's University B.Sc. (Mathematics and Electrical Engineering) 1989
  • Queen's University M.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) 1993; thesis focussed on spread spectrum communications
  • University of Ottawa LL.B. 2007
  • Registered Patent Agent 1996
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Allan Brett is a leader of the electrical and electronic engineering and computer sciences practice groups in our Ottawa office. With almost twenty years of experience, he has drafted in excess of 200 originating patent applications. His practice is focussed on patent protection of electrical, electronic and computer-related inventions in Canada, the United States and around the world. Allan has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for a variety of technologies, including communications, semiconductors, memory systems, optical systems, software and business methods. 

Allan provides strategic advice on portfolio development, management and utilization. Allan assisted in the drafting and patenting of technology that formed the basis of one of the largest high technology deals in Canadian history. Allan is sought out by both local small to mid-size entities and top global innovators to protect their intellectual property interests in Canada and elsewhere.

He is a leader in the development and education of the next generation of professionals, and in the management of the firm. Allan developed and coordinates the firm’s in-house patent agents training program. He is also a member of the firm’s executive committee and the Head of the Operations sub-committee for the firm’s patent practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Allan obtained industry experience as an engineer at Lockheed Canada, then Bell Northern Research, and Prior Data Sciences where he was software development team leader on the Radarsat II simulator project. His industry experience continues to inform his practice, providing practical insights to his clients.

Rankings and Recognition

  • Recognized annually in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory under Intellectual Property since 2015
  • Recognized annually in The Best Lawyers in Canada under Intellectual Property Law since 2014
  • Recognized annually as an 'IP Star' since the inaugural edition in 2014 of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Patents
IP Management & Strategic Counselling
Software/Information Technologies


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Joint Liaison Committee - Patents
  • Member, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member, Canadian Intellectual Property Association; member of Information Technology Committee


  • "Canada: Are Computer-implemented Inventions Patentable?" (co-authors: Steven B. Garland and Kelly L. Miranda), WORLDfocus supplement to Patent World, October 2006
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