About Us

BLAZE IP provides legal advice and services related to the protection of intellectual property in Canada in a manner the respects the client and brings honour to our profession. We keep up to date with developments in the law and we invest in technology to deliver accurate and efficient legal services.  

Located in Hamilton, Ontario, we serve Canadian businesses in our local region and across Canada. We also serve foreign businesses seeking to protect their intellectual property in Canada.

We are authorized to represent Canadian and foreign businesses seeking to register their trademarks in Canada. We are also authorized to represent Canadian businesses seeking to register their trademarks in the United States.

Our principal lawyer and trademark agent, Michele Ballagh, has over 20 years experience practicing in the field of intellectual property law and offers a full range of intellectual property services from filing applications to preparing agreements and resolving disputes. Advice respecting patents and industrial designs is provided with the assistance of qualified patent agents.

We are committed to providing all our contacts with a superior client experience. In operating our business, we try our best to follow these principles:

  • We are friendly and down to earth. This means that we offer a free one-hour consultation to potential new clients. It also means that we answer the phone and respond to emails.
  • We are honest and frank. This means that we provide a fair evaluation of the merits in any matter and the limits of the law.
  • We invite clients to be part of the team. This means that we do our best to explain legal principles and processes to our clients in layman terms so that they can provide us with informed instructions.
  • We bill at regular intervals for predictable sums. This means we bill fixed fees for most steps in the trademark application process and for other non-adversarial matters. In adversarial matters, we provide cost estimates for each stage where possible.
  • We make our referral sources look good. This means that we treat our clients and potential clients with respect at all points of contact from answering the phone to closing the file.
  • We provide timely and competent legal services. This means that we have a robust system for tracking deadlines. It also means that we are committed to keeping up to date with legal developments in our field and sharing that knowledge with our network.
  • We have an international outlook. This means that we maintain reciprocal relationships with qualified agents around the globe to assist our clients in protecting their intellectual property in other countries where warranted.

BLAZE IP is a business name for the Law Office of Michele Ballagh, a Professional Corporation.