American firm acquires Ottawa intellectual property management company

Ottawa-based intellectual property manager Global Intellectual Strategies has been acquired by TechPats, a Pennsylvania-based patent consulting firm, the companies announced Monday.

“We are excited about this combination and the joining of these two great companies,” TechPats CEO Chris Wichser said in a statement. “The addition of GIS and their highly skilled team of IP professionals expands our service offerings for current and future clients, and also expands our global reach.”

With the acquisition, TechPats will have offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tokyo and Ottawa. GIS CEO Marek Wernik will now become president of the combined companies.

He said TechPats’ vision for future growth and meeting clients’ needs is “exciting.”

“GIS has a proud history of service and commitment to our clients and we look forward to continuing our work as TechPats,” he said in a statement.