Lawyer / Trademark Agent / Shareholder
Ismaël is an Intellectual Property (IP) Lawyer (Quebec Bar) and a registered Trademark Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). His practice encompasses all aspects of IP: trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, and trade secrets.
His extensive expertise allows him to accomplish a large variety of mandates: filing and prosecution of applications, portfolio management, litigation and disputes, commercial contracts and licensing, regulatory matters, and strategic transactional advice.
Ismaël’s clients are creative, innovative, and technological businesses operating in a wide range of industries, including: software, electronics, biotech and medtech, industrial equipment, automotive, fashion, jewelry, cosmetics, sports and fitness, music, media and entertainment, food and beverage, etc.
Highly pragmatic, Ismaël is able to deal with complex intellectual property issues and deliver practical solutions for his clients from a business perspective.
Thanks to his network of foreign correspondents built through the INTA (International Trademarks Association), Ismaël can assist businesses wishing to expand internationally.
Ismaël’s expertise has been recognized by the World Trademark Review (WTR 1000) as a “World’s Leading Trademark Professional” for 2022 and 2023.
His trademark practice also contributed to rank BENOÎT & CÔTÉ in the IPPractice Top 50 Canada.
In parallel to his practice, Ismaël has been involved in the field of IP over the years: administrator at FORPIQ (International Forum on Intellectual Property), lecturer at Polytechnique Montréal (Internet and civil liability) and CENTECH, writer in peer-reviewed publications and specialized magazines, speaker, coach, and mentor. His community involvement has also led Ismaël to be director of strategic partnerships for REPAF (Réseau des entrepreneurs et professionnels africains) and a member of the board of directors of Parasports Québec.
This involvement earned him the “Young Leader” award in the ESTim2021 gala of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Montreal (CCEM), as well as the title of “Emerging Governor” (Quebec Bar Foundation, 2020-2023).
Ismaël is also a Recognized Canadian IP Lawyer with the Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre (CIIDRC).
Since 2010, Ismaël has been keeping a legal news feed in the field of intellectual property: Ismaël Coulibaly (@Balmayer) / Twitter
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