RESOLVING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES THROUGH MEDIATION

BIO

Brian Edmonds

Current Affiliation

  • Brian D. Edmonds
    Barrister & Solicitor
    Patent & Trade-mark Agent
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professional Experience

  • Over 30 years of experience in intellectual property law and litigation
  • McCarthy Tétrault
    • Partner, 1987 - June 2011
    • Head, Toronto Intellectual Property Section, 1999-2002
    • Head, Toronto Intellectual Property Litigation Group, 1998-2002
    • Member, Professional Development Committee, 1993-97
    • Associate, 1981-87
    • Student-at-law, 1979-80

Primary Practice Areas

  • IP dispute identification, management, advocacy and resolution
  • Litigation in the fields of: mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering; pharmaceuticals; electromagnetics; pulp and paper; computer hardware and software; the Internet; food and beverage; communications; construction materials
  • Practice in the Federal and Ontario Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of patents, trade-marks, copyright and industrial designs

Language Proficiency

  • English

Dispute Resolution Experience & Training

  • Approved Neutral, IP Neutrals of Canada
  • Member, List of Mediators, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre
  • Member, Panel of Neutrals, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Advanced Mediation Training Course, International Trademark Association (18 hours)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop (4 days), Faculty of Law, University of Windsor/Stitt Feld Handy
  • Intellectual property mediation and arbitration counsel

Selected Honours, Awards, Publications and/or Professional and Civic Associations

  • Author of article entitled "Mediating Intellectual Property Disputes", http://www.mccarthy.ca/article_detail.aspx?id=4842
  • Member, ADR Institute of Ontario
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Neutrals Standards and Measurement Subcommittee, INTA
  • Lecturer on IP law at York University, University of Windsor, University of Toronto
  • Presenter on IP law for professional conference companies, the Canadian Satellite Users Association, the Ontario and Alberta branches of the Canadian Bar Association, and The Advocates' Society
  • Fellow, IPIC
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, INTA, Licensing Executives Society, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
  • Past Chair, Toronto Patent and Trademark Group
     
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
    • member Board of Directors, Ontario Division, 2009 - present
    • Chair, Governance Committee of the Board, 2010 - present
    • member, Operations Committee of the Board, 2008 - present
    • founding leader of community group of students working on the Award, 2007 - present
  • Camp Oochigeas - for children with cancer
    • Fundraising Development Chair for 2010 gala evening
    • interviewer of applicants for volunteer positions, 2008 - present
    • counsellor for a summer week and an autumn weekend, 2007 - present
  • Ontario Camps Association
    • stage and production manager for fundraising concert, 2011
    • Chair, Standards Committee responsible for visiting member camps and documenting compliance with standards, 2006 - present
  • Education

    • Father of four children
    • Registered Patent Agent, Canada - 1987
    • Registered Trade-mark Agent, Canada - 1981
    • Admitted to Ontario Bar - 1981
    • LL.B. (with distinction), University of Western Ontario, 1979

    Contact Information

    2901 Bayview Avenue
    Box 91119
    Toronto, Ontario
    M2K 1H0

    Telephone: 647-985-9636
    E-mail: brianedmonds@rogers.com