John McKeown

CounselGoldman, Sloan, Nash and Haber LLPIntellectual Property & Technology; Commercial; Litigation and Dispute Resolution

John focuses on providing advocacy and advice concerning intellectual property and related matters, including protecting trademarks, copyrights, patents, confidential information and misleading advertising and claims under the Competition Act. A growing component of his work relates to intellectual property claims on the Internet, including domain name disputes. John is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law (trademarks/copyright). Some of Canada's largest marketers have relied on John's advice. John's practice includes Intellectual Property, Advertising & Marketing, Competition, and Litigation.

John focuses on providing advocacy and advice concerning intellectual property and related matters, including protecting trade marks, copyrights, patents, confidential information and misleading advertising and claims under the Competition Act. A growing component of his work relates to intellectual property claims on the Internet, including domain name disputes. John is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law (trademarks/copyright). Some of Canada's largest marketers have relied on John's advice.

John has particular expertise regarding actions relating to copyright. He is the author of Fox, Canadian Law of Copyright and Industrial Designs (Toronto: Carswell, 3rd Edition, 2000; 4th Edition, 2003), the leading copyright textbook in Canada. The text is updated semi-annually. John and the text have been referred to by both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal as an authoritative source.

His textbook, Brand Management in Canadian Law (Toronto: Carswell, 1st Edition, 2004; 2nd Edition, 2006; 3rd Edition, 2010) considers brand management from a legal perspective. The components which make up a brand, a consumer's perception of a brand, brand equity, brand leverage and integration are discussed. Additional chapters deal with legal considerations relating to choosing a brand name, branding on the internet, protecting the components of a brand and developing effective brand management policies.

In Canadian Intellectual Property Law and Strategy: Trademarks, Copyright and Industrial Designs (Markham: LexisNexis, 2013) John provides an overview of Canadian law relating to trade marks, copyright and industrial designs along with strategic commentary designed for legal practitioners outside Canada.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B.
  • Queen's University, B.Comm

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1976

Accreditations

  • Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademarks/Copyright), Law Society of Ontario

Experience

  • Eli Lilly & Company v. O'Hara Manufacturing Ltd.
  • IT Hartford Life Insurance Co. of Canada v. American National Assurance Life Company
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited v. 849075 Alberta Ltd.
  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited v. P.S. Partsource Inc.
  • Accessoires D'Autos Nordiques Inc. v. Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Associations

  • American Bar Association (Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section)
  • Canadian Bar Association (Competition Law Section)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Trademark Association
  • Ontario Bar Association (including committees on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, Information Technology and E-Commerce, and Privacy Law)
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Awards & Honours

  • Martindale-Hubbell, BV Distinguished™ rating
  • Recognized by a third party trademark professional rating organization as a distinguished IP litigator