Ottawa (February 13, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm, and Champion partner of Invest Ottawa’s Accelerator program, today launched a unique program to support both Invest Ottawa’s start-up companies and other technology-based companies in the greater national capital region.

The BLG Catalyst Program is designed to offset legal fees by providing access to a multi-disciplinary team of tech-savvy lawyers, patent and trademark agents specializing in intellectual property protection, corporate, labour & employment law.  For companies who have attracted eligible government funding, BLG’s Catalyst Program will match every dollar that those companies spend on legal services with BLG, up to $10,000 per company. This matching will be provided in the form of additional legal services.

The BLG Catalyst Program is in addition to training sessions and initial consultations that BLG will continue to provide to Invest Ottawa portfolio companies

“BLG has been involved in the Ottawa technology community since its inception, and strongly believes in continuing this tradition,” said Marc Jolicoeur, regional managing partner for BLG’s Ottawa office.  “We also understand that start-ups and early stage companies are extremely cash sensitive, yet require legal support to protect their intellectual property and  help in structuring their corporate operations, all while getting their products to market.  The BLG Catalyst Program provides access to an experienced team of legal professionals who provide both strategic and tactical advice to companies at a critical phase in their development.  In addition, our local clients are fortunate as they receive the best of both worlds, our boutique approach to client service and behind that, the expertise and horsepower associated with being a national firm.”

Since becoming a Champion partner of Invest Ottawa’s Accelerator program, BLG has invested over $150,000 to support Ottawa’s thriving entrepreneurial community.

“BLG has a long history of supporting the Ottawa technology community, in addition to being a key financial partner of Invest Ottawa,” said Bruce Lazenby, CEO of Invest Ottawa.  “Our collective drive to support and build the Ottawa technology community as the best place in the world to start a knowledge based-business is evident in our success thus far.  This new initiative by BLG further confirms their commitment to building a thriving technology ecosystem in Ottawa.”

Ottawa-based start-up Impakt Protective Inc., a leading developer of sports sensor and software systems, and successful participant on the CBC television show Dragons’ Den, has leveraged BLG’s services in intellectual property protection.

“Without the steadfast direction of BLG, we would not have such strong intellectual property protection in place, which protects both the founders and our shareholders,” said Danny Crossman, CEO of Impakt Protective.  “The lawyers and professionals at BLG helped us avoid several potential costly mistakes along the way, and guided us in creating a solid foundation for our business.”

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Amanda McWhirter
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
AMcWhirter@blg.com
416.350.2676