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John Cotter practices in the areas of intellectual property and copyright infringement litigation and has a commercial litigation background. He has extensive experience in disputes relating to copyright, trademarks, domain names, trade secrets/confidential information, counterfeit products, misleading advertising, software licensing and IT projects including disputes arising out of software development and software integration projects.
John is representing York University in the first legal test of the "Fair Dealing" Guidelines which York and more than 20 other Universities are following. Highlights of his recent cases include: anticounterfeiting cases; trademark and copyright infringement actions; Copyright Board of Canada hearings; software licensing disputes; trade secrets/confidential information claims; disputes arising from software development and consulting projects; technology licensing and domain name disputes; misleading advertising claims; (including Advertising Standards Canada proceedings); appeals from decisions of the Registrar of Trademarks; and trademark expungement and opposition proceedings.
John has been recognized in Canadian and worldwide rankings as a leader in Trademark and IP litigation including in Managing IP 2017: IP Star, Trademark; The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2018 (Intellectual Property); Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2018 (IP Litigation & Intellectual Property); Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2018 (IP Litigation & Intellectual Property); and WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2018, (Anti-counterfeiting; Enforcement & Litigation). John also speaks and writes frequently on intellectual property and litigation matters and has served on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Patent Reporter.
Last updated 3rd May 2018