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Jonathan Colombo’s practice covers all areas of trademark and copyright law including the acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of these rights. He has extensive litigation experience representing many national and international brands. He has also represented clients in advertising disputes.
Jonathan was co-counsel in the Staples v. Office Depot case where a six year interlocutory injunction was obtained for our firm client Staples. He was co-counsel for McDonald’s in litigation against A&W, resulting in the first reported Canadian decision dealing with “reverse confusion”, and was counsel for Gap in the Gap v. G.A.P. Adventures case, leading to a settlement in which the defendant rebranded worldwide.
Jonathan represented the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, one of the world’s largest international accounting bodies, in litigation against four provincial accounting institutes regarding use of professional designations (the case settled one month prior to trial), and represented Canada Goose, a leading Canadian clothing manufacturer, in litigation against Sears Canada in a trade dress dispute.
Jonathan has acted for CarGurus in a copyright proceeding where statutory damages in excess of $90 million have been claimed, and for The Canadian Real Estate Association in a trademark infringement action.
Jonathan has published several articles including "Confidential Information and Property Rights: A Study of Employment Contracts" in the National Labour Review, "Reverse Engineering and Process Patents: When is the Process Disclosed?" in the Intellectual Property Journal, and "The Right to Privacy in Verbal Communication: Unauthorized Participant Recording" in the McGill Law Journal. Jonathan has also taught at the McGill – IPIC Advanced Trademarks Course for the last five years.
Jonathan is a member of the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Enforcement Committee and is a former member of the Parallel Imports Committee. Additionally, he is a past member of the Canadian Trade-mark Agents Board of Examiners.
Advocates' Society American Bar Association (ABA) Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow International Bar Association (IBA) Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Licensing Executives Society (LES)