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Practice Areas

John is the Chair of the Intellectual Property group. His practice is focused on intellectual property and technology litigation. John has acted as counsel in numerous cases relating to copyright, trade-marks, domain names, trade secrets/confidential information, software development, software and technology licensing, misleading advertising and anti-counterfeiting. John appears before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Copyright Board of Canada and the Trademarks Opposition Board. He frequently writes and speaks on IP/IT issues and is actively involved in a number of IP organisations.


Called to Ontario Bar:1988.

Professional Memberships

Section Executive, National Intellectual Property Law Section, Canadian Bar Association; Professional Development Committee (formerly CLE Committee), National Intellectual Property Law Section, Canadian Bar Association; Litigation Committee & Forums and Seminars Committee, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada


“Copyright and Industrial Design Developments – 2017, paper for Law Society of Upper Canada, 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, January, 2018 (co-authors S. Miller, H. W. Choi, J. Chong, E. Creber, B. Fong, Y. Konarski, J. Maddox, D. Meltzer, L. Paulin, and R. Stiles).

Chapter on “Copyright Infringement” in Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents, Editor Paul Lomic (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2016 (co-author J. Chong).


University of Windsor, LL.B.(1986).