Enforcement & defence
We help clients acquire intellectual property rights; we also help them enforce those rights and defend against infringement proceedings before the Trademark Opposition Board and the Ontario and Federal Courts. We have been counsel on precedent-setting Supreme Court cases involving fundamental trademark issues, including cases defining the law on trademark functionality. He has acted for clients with significant investments in brands covering the gamut from luxury cars to financial services.
In disputes and in negotiation, we create leverage, and develop and execute effective strategies to arrive at the best possible outcome for our clients.
We also assist clients in assessing and mitigating intellectual property risk. We provide validity and infringement opinions for patents, trademarks, designs, and copyright; provide intellectual property clearance opinions regarding freedom to market new products; and advise on options for avoiding infringement altogether.