Being the Only Woman in the Room & Turning This Into an Advantage

Interview date:

May 1, 2020

Natalie Raffoul

IP and Patent Lawyer
Brion Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul is one of Canada's top Intellectual Property (IP) and patent lawyers. She's also Managing Partner at Brion Raffoul, a law practice in Ottawa, Canada.

In this interview, she explains her job and shares her journey from a kid who loved discovering how things work to her education in engineering and law to her career helping entrepreneurs, companies and governments protect their technological inventions.

"As a patent lawyer with an engineering background, I am often the only female in meetings. Be confident. Take your place. You have every right to be there. One of the advantages that I have is that I'm memorable because I'm one of the only females there."


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