François Larose

Partner

Montréal, 514.871.2109

Practice Group(s)

Trademarks
Litigation
Licensing & Transactions
Regulatory, Advertising & Marketing
Copyright & Digital Media

Education

B.A.A., Université du Québec en Outaouais, 1995
LL.L., Université d'Ottawa, 1999
LL.M., McGill University, 2002

Qualifications

Admitted to the Québec Bar, 2002
Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 2006

Professional Memberships

Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA)
Association Littéraire & Artistique Internationale (ALAI)
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow
Licensing Executives Society (LES)

François Larose

B.A.A., LL.L., LL.M.

François is a partner with Bereskin & Parr and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. François' practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law in addition to copyright, licensing and related agreements, and intellectual property litigation.

François’ masters of law degree from McGill University has a specialization in intellectual property and technology law.

François is a member of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Unreal Campaign Committee. François is also the Director for the 2016 edition of the Understanding Trade-Marks summer course, offered by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and McGill University.

Prior to joining Bereskin & Parr LLP, François practiced at a Montréal firm specializing in business law.

François is fluent in French and English.

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François Larose

François Larose

B.A.A., LL.L., LL.M.

Partner
Montréal      Ph: 514.871.2109

Practice Group(s)
Trademarks
Litigation
Licensing & Transactions
Regulatory, Advertising & Marketing
Copyright & Digital Media

Education
B.A.A., Université du Québec en Outaouais, 1995
LL.L., Université d'Ottawa, 1999
LL.M., McGill University, 2002

Qualifications

Admitted to the Québec Bar, 2002
Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 2006

François is a partner with Bereskin & Parr and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. François' practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law in addition to copyright, licensing and related agreements, and intellectual property litigation.

François’ masters of law degree from McGill University has a specialization in intellectual property and technology law.

François is a member of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Unreal Campaign Committee. François is also the Director for the 2016 edition of the Understanding Trade-Marks summer course, offered by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and McGill University.

Prior to joining Bereskin & Parr LLP, François practiced at a Montréal firm specializing in business law.

François is fluent in French and English.

Articles

Famous Canadian Athlete Bruny Surin is Maintaining his Lead Against Shoe Manufacturer Puma
François Larose
September 11, 2017
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Evidence of an electronic contract requires at the least a demonstration of its integrity
François Larose and Amy Dam
August 21, 2017
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Addressing the Challenge of the New Trademarks Act
Jonathan Burkinshaw and François Larose
July 31, 2017
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Interlocutory injunction available even for marks that lack inherent distinctiveness
François Larose
May 5, 2017
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Interlocutory Injunction in Trademark Law in Quebec: Available Even for Marks that Lack Inherent Distinctiveness
François Larose
April 25, 2017
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New Signage Law in Québec - Brand Owners: Get Ready to Add French to your Signage
Brigitte Chan and François Larose
November 4, 2016
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Bereskin & Parr’s Trademark Litigators in the Courts
October 12, 2016
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The Red Square: the Québec Students Protest Symbol is Not a Trademark
François Larose
February 26, 2016
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Surveying the Online Enforcement Landscape
Mark Robbins and François Larose
January 14, 2016
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Québec Government to Amend the Charter of the French Language’s Regulations to Require French Descriptor to Non-French Marks
François Larose and Brigitte Chan
June 23, 2015
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Important News for Mark Owners Doing Business in Quebec: Appeal Dismissed on Signage Issue
François Larose and Brigitte Chan
June 22, 2015
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Update on Québec’s First Patent program
François Larose and Tom Zhang and Irina  Kostko
April 17, 2015
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The Canadian Flag – Strong and Free but not Without Restrictions
François Larose and Jennifer McKenzie
February 17, 2015
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Another unsuccessful attempt in contesting violations to the Charter of the French Language with respect to public signage and advertising
François Larose and Amy Dam
February 3, 2015
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Québec Superior Court Rejects OQLF's Interpretation of the Charter
François Larose and Brigitte Chan
April 9, 2014
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Take Two in the Passe-Partout Saga
François Larose and Amy Dam
March 20, 2014
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Copyright Infringement Overseas Can Give Rise to Compensation in Canada
François Larose and Amy Dam
January 24, 2014
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Why Lucky Charms wasn’t so lucky
François Larose
April 2, 2013
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Bill introduced by Canadian government to address counterfeiting and amend the Trade-marks Act and the Copyright Act
François Larose
March 1, 2013
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Accented French characters in .CA domain names coming January 2013
François Larose and Catherine Lovrics
December 19, 2012
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Public Signage and English-only Trademarks in Québec: New Salvo From the Office québécois de la langue française
François Larose
June 22, 2012
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Public Signage in Québec: the Office québécois de la langue française to Start Investigations on its Own Initiative
François Larose
June 8, 2012
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Don’t Underestimate the “Goliath” Factor: The Dangers of Policing Trademarks Too Aggressively
François Larose and Tom Zhang
April 26, 2012
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Speaking Engagements

New Signage Law in Québec

Bereskin & Parr
Webinar
December 1, 2016

Brand Owners: Get Ready to Add French to your Signage
On Decemeber 1st Bereskin & Parr Partners’s Brigitte Chan and François Larose discussed the new amendments to Regulations under Québec’s Charter of the French Language and how they affect companies doing business in Québec.

Highlights include:
•    An overview of the Charter of the French Language and its regulations
•    The trademark exception
•    The successful court battle by multi-national retailers against the Québec Government
•    Québec Government’s response: Legislative amendments
•    A review of the amendments and guidelines published by the OQLF
•    The impact of these amendments on companies doing business in Québec

Click here to view the webinar

2016 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property

McGill University / Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Montréal, QC
July 18 - 29, 2016

As part of McGill University & Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) summer courses on intellectual property, the following Bereskin & Parr partners will be presenting:

Noel Courage - “Patents: An Overview” on July 18, 2016

Stephen Beney – “Overview of Patent Cooperation Treaty” on July 20, 2016

François Larose – “Basics of Canadian Trademark Procurement – Opening Remarks” on July 25, 2016

Brigitte Chan – “Different Types of Applications, Examiners’ Reports & Responses, Post-Advertisement Matters” on July 26, 2016

Brigitte Chan, François Larose and Meghan Dillon will also be conducting a daily workshop at Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Understanding Trade-marks introductory course.

For more information please click here.

International Trademark Association (INTA)

138th Annual Meeting
Orlando, Florida
May 21 - 25, 2016

Dan Bereskin, Lloyd Sarginson, Cynthia Rowden, Susan Keri, Scott MacKendrick, Terry Edwards, Jonathan Colombo, Jennifer McKenzie, Victor Krichker, Adam Bobker, Janice Bereskin, Brigitte Chan, François Larose, Mina Chana, Sharyn Costin, Meghan Dillon and Jonathan Burkinshaw will be attending the 138th INTA Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Speaking Engagements:

Saturday, May 21 2016
2:15pm - 3:15pm
Scott MacKendrick will be speaking the course International Trademark Law and Practice as part of the North American Panel

Sunday, May 22 2016
12pm - 2pm
Daniel Bereskin will be co-chairing the table topic session Trademark Confusion and Heuristics

2pm - 3:15pm
Daniel Bereskin will be speaking at the mock mediation session called Mediation Live! A Real-Life Mediation Experience

Monday, May 23 2016
8am - 10am
François Larose will be chairing the table topic session Lost in Translation: The Impact of Language Laws on Trademarks

Tuesday, May 24 2016
8am - 10am
Cynthia Rowden will be moderating the session Should TM registrations ever be granted or enforced if there is no use?

2015 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property

McGill University / Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Montréal, QC
July 27 - 31, 2015

Brigitte Chan and Francois Larose will also be conducting a daily workshop at Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Understanding Trade-marks introductory course on July 28, 2015.

2014 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property

McGill University / Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Montréal, QC
July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Brigitte Chan and Francois Larose will be conducting a daily workshop at Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Understanding Trade-marks introductory course on July 23rd.

2011 Summer Courses in Intellectual Property

McGill University / Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
Montréal, QC
July 25, 2011 - August 10, 2011

Stephen M. Beney of Bereskin & Parr LLP will be speaking on PatentsWorldwide: Global Systems on July 27 at 8:30 a.m.

Brigitte Chan & François Larose of Bereskin & Parr LLP will be workshop leaders in the Understanding Trade-marks course on Responding to Examiner’s Reports from August 1-5.

Jonathan G. Colombo of Bereskin & Parr LLP will be speaking on:

  • Navigating Opposition Proceedings and Preparation of Evidence on August 8 at 8:40 a.m.
  • Review of Section 45 Proceedings – Proving Use or Non-Use of a Trade-mark on August 8 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Workshop on Opposition Proceedings on August 8 at 3:45 p.m.

Terry Edwards of Bereskin & Parr LLP is the Assistant Program Director of the Managing Trade-mark Disputes course.

For more information go to: http://www.mcgill.ca

Event Attendance

2017 Courses in Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and McGill School of Continuing Studies
Montréal, QC
July 25 - 26, 2017

Brigitte Chan spoke at IPIC’s Understanding Trademarks course at McGill University on Different Types of Applications, Examiners’ Reports & Responses, Post-Advertisement Matters and was a workshop leader on Responding to Examiners’ Reports on July 25.

François Larose was a workshop leader on Responding to Examiners’ Reports at IPIC’s Understanding Trademarks course at McGill University on July 25.

Meghan Dillon was a workshop leader on Trademark Searches and Risk Assessments at IPIC’s Understanding Trademarks course at McGill University on July 26.

For more information, please click here.

INTA 139th Annual Meeting

International Trademark Association (INTA)
Barcelona, ES
May 20 - 24, 2017

Daniel BereskinLloyd Sarginson, Cynthia Rowden, Susan KeriScott MacKendrick, Terry EdwardsJonathan Colombo, Jennifer McKenzieMark Robbins, Janice Bereskin, Brigitte ChanFrançois LaroseMina Chana, Sharyn Costin, Meghan Dillon, Catherine Lovrics, and Jonathan Burkinshaw will be attending the 139th INTA Annual Meeting.

For more information about meeting, please click here.

International Trademark Association

2015 Leadership Meeting
Panama City, Panama
November 17 - 20, 2015

Dan Bereskin, Cynthia Rowden, Susan Keri, Scott MacKendrick, Mark Robbins, Janice Bereskin and François Larose will be attending the 2015 Leadership Meeting.

To learn more about the event, please click here.

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

Basics of Canadian Trademark Procurement
McGill University School of Continuing Studies
July 27, 2015

Opening Remarks | 8:30 - 8:50

Course Director:

Justine Whitehead Stikeman Elliott LLP

Assistant Course Director:

François Larose Bereskin & Parr LLP

International Trademark Association (INTA)

137th Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
May 2 - 6, 2015

Dan Bereskin, Lloyd Sarginson, Cynthia Rowden, Robert Storey, Susan Keri, Scott MacKendrick, Terry Edwards, Jonathan Colombo, Mark Robbins, Jennifer McKenzie, Victor Krichker, Janice Bereskin, Brigitte Chan, François Larose, Sharyn Costin, Meghan Dillon, Jonathan Burkinshaw and Lindsey Robinson will be attending the 137th INTA Annual Meeting in San Diego.

On Saturday, May 2, Scott MacKendrick will be on the North American panel at 11:15am as part of the “Course on International Trademark Law and Practice”. The course is designed to provide a comparative analysis of trademark law and practice in countries around the world. He will also be a moderating the table topic “Madrid Protocol, Nice Agreement, Singapore Treaty and Use: Major Changes to Canada's Trademark Regime” on Sunday, May 3 at noon.

Janice Bereskin will be speaking on Sunday, May 3 between 2pm and 3:15pm with other INTA leaders as part of the informative and interactive session "CSU50 INTA Committee Selection, Membership and Involvement: Behind the Curtain". The session will discuss the diverse and valuable benefits associated with active involvement in INTA.

To learn more about INTA and for further information about the meeting, please click here.

MARQUES

28th Annual Conference
Copenhagen, Denmark
September 23 - 26, 2014

François Larose will be attending MARQUES’ 28th Annual Conference in Copenhagen. 

The conference will hold sessions which will address the legal issues and challenges of creatively using social media, as well as discussions on issues such as new business models on the internet, website selling of counterfeit goods and limits in the digital market, as well as updates on OHIM, WIPO and European Trademark reform.

McGill University

On Campus Interviews
September 19, 2014

François Larose and Margaret Seko will be attending.

International Trademark Association (INTA)

135th Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX
May 4 - 8, 2013

Dan Bereskin, Lloyd Sarginson, Cynthia Rowden, Robert Storey, Susan Keri, Scott MacKendrick, Terry Edwards, Jonathan Colombo, Jennifer McKenzie, Victor Krichker, Janice Bereskin, Brigitte Chan, François Larose, Mina ChanaSharyn Costin, Meghan Dillon, and Jonathan Burkinshaw are scheduled to attend.  

For more information go to: www.inta.org

Accolades

  • World Trademark Review 1000 2017
  • Expert Guides: Trade Mark 2016
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2014

Professional Memberships

Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA)
Association Littéraire & Artistique Internationale (ALAI)
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow
Licensing Executives Society (LES)

News

  • Québec Government’s Response to Ensure that French Appears on Commercial Signage

Media Coverage

  • François Larose featured on an IP Friday podcast
  • François Larose Speaks About the Canadian Trademarks Act
  • Global News Interviews François Larose

Litigation Cases

Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Inc. v. 9015-6803 Quebec Inc. (One World Golf) et al.
Successfully represented Arnold Palmer Enterprises in enforcement proceedings relating to ARNOLD PALMER trademarks and copyright. Arnold Palmer Enterprises obtained judgment on consent granting a permanent injunction and $73,000 in damages.
Counsel: François Larose
(2017), (T-713-12)
Lapwah LIN v. Luminis Canada Inc.
Successfully represented Luminis Canada Inc. in opposition proceedings against the LUMINIX trademark application. We were successful in getting the application treated as abandoned arguing that the Applicant failed to comply with the Trade-marks Regulations, including non-compliance with deadlines and improper evidence.
Counsel: François Larose
(Unreported decision)
(2017)
Marciano v Revlon et all
Successfully represented Revlon in a complex multi-party dispute in the Québec Superior Court involving licensed trademark rights. Georges Marciano, claiming rights in the GEORGES MARCIANO mark, noted goods bearing GEORGES MARCIANO sold on several websites, and sued three companies, including Revlon, who had, decades ago, been licensees of the GEORGES MARCIANO mark, as well as several other parties allegedly involved with the online sales. Revlon and several defendants disputed everything from the jurisdiction of Québec courts and statute limitations on the action, to the ownership of the GEORGES MARCIANO mark, whether or not the online goods were licensed, responsibility for supervising alleged counterfeits, and extent and scope of damage. Relying heavily on the evidence filed by Revlon the Québec Superior Court granted the defendants’ motion and declined jurisdiction, and dismissed, outright, Mr. Marciano’s claims against all defendants-petitioners.
Counsel: François Larose
(Quebec S.C. 2016)
(2016)
Interactive Life Forms, LLC et al. v. Various
Represented Interactive Life Forms in actions for trademark infringement, passing off, and copyright infringement. The actions were brought against Canadian companies alleged to have sold counterfeit versions of Interactive Life Forms’ FLESHLIGHT products.
Counsel: Adam Bobker, Robert Storey, and François Larose
(2012)
Laboratoires Quinton Internationale S.L. v. Biss
Acting for Laboratoires Quinton, a European manufacturer of QUINTON therapeutic marine plasma, in a French language action to expunge a Canadian trademark registration for QUINTON held by a former Canadian distributor of QUINTON products. The trial of this action is scheduled for April 2016.
Counsel: Adam Bobker, Brigitte Chan and François Larose
(Reported decisions: 2010 FC 358)
(2006), (T-1554-06)
 

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