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Christian Bolduc
Partner, Montreal
Barrister and Solicitor,
Trademark Agent

 

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Phone: 514.954.1500
Fax: 514.954.1396
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YEAR OF CALL
Quebec Bar 1994
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Université Laval B.Sc. (Microbiology) 1987
  • Université Laval M.Sc. (Microbiology/Immunology) 1990; thesis titled The Phenotypic and Functional Characterization of T Lymphocytes in Murine Oral Mucosa
  • Université Laval LL.B. 1993
  • Registered Trademark Agent 1995
 

Passion, business insight, and value for clients at every point

Combining more than twenty years of experience across all stages of the trademark life cycle with a keen business mindset, Christian is passionate about helping clients generate ROI and value from strategically-developed IP assets.

Whether it is a local start-up or a large multinational corporation, clients rely on his proven ability to identify, register, develop, strengthen and promote trademark portfolios that evolve in concert with their business objectives. Working in collaboration with his colleagues in patents, transactional and litigation, Christian focuses on building strong portfolios of strategic IP assets that stand the test of time and the rigours of competition.

Exceptional trademark and procurement expertise meets strategic advice

Christian’s trademark practice consists primarily of procurement, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, management, strategic counselling and enforcement. He routinely prepares and prosecutes trademark applications and prepares opinions on availability, registrability, validity and infringement.

Highly skilled in trademark portfolio management, Christian selects trademarks with particular value, implements national and international filing and enforcement strategies in accordance with clients' commercial objectives, and sets guidelines for properly promoting, advertising and using trademarks both in-house and externally. This in-depth knowledge and experience ultimately allows the clients that Christian works with to increase the value of their trademark portfolios in Canada and abroad.

Clients also look to Christian for advice on commercial issues and transactions involving trademarks, including the negotiation and drafting of license agreements, international co-existence agreements, IP asset audits, and the preparation and implementation of due diligence investigations. He also regularly handles complex trademark opposition proceedings and appeals from Registrar decisions and assists in litigation strategy and execution.

Recognized by clients and peers for his trademark excellence

Christian is honoured to have been listed in several internationally recognized directories, such as The Canadian Legal LEXPERT®Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, World Trademark Review 1000 – The Definitive Guide to Trademark Legal Service, Who's Who Legal: Trademarks and Who's Who Legal: Canada.

Rankings and recognition

  • Recognized as a World IP Review Leader since the inaugural edition in 2016
  • Recognized annually in The Best Lawyers in Canada under Intellectual Property Law since 2015
  • Recognized in each edition of Euromoney's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners since 2012
  • Recognized in each edition of Euromoney's Expert Guides: Patents since 2005
  • Recognized annually in Who's Who Legal: Trademarks since 2011
  • Recognized annually in Who's Who Legal: Canada under trademarks since 2011
  • Recognized annually in World Trademark Review 1000 – The Definitive Guide to Trademark Legal Services under prosecution and strategy since 2012
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal 100 under Intellectual Property
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory under Intellectual Property since 2005
Rankings and recognition
PRACTICE AREAS
Trademarks
IP Management & Strategic Counselling
Licensing & IP Transactions
Litigation
Copyright & Media
Domain Names & Internet Law
Marketing & Advertising
 
LANGUAGES SPOKEN
English
French
 

Memberships

  • Council Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; past Chair of the International Trademark Issues Committee; past Chair of the IPIC-McGill Courses Liaison Committee 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Member, International Trademark Association: member of the International Amicus Committee
  • Member, Association des praticiens du droit des marques et des modèles (APRAM)
  • Member, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA); member of the Publication Committee
  • President, organizing committee of the Forum on Intellectual Property — Quebec (FORPIQ) meeting held in 2009; previously member of organizing committee for the FORPIQ meetings held in 2007 and 2005

Speaking engagements

  • “The Madrid Protocol: What to Expect”, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada webinar, June 15, 2015
  • "The Charter of the French Language: The Erosion of the Recognized Trademark Exception," Intellectual Property Institute of Canada webinar, January 2013
  • "The Madrid Protocol and Singapore Treaty - What Canadian Practitioners Need to Know" (moderator), Intellectual Property Institute of Canada webinar, May 2012
  • "Trademark Law: Practical Considerations and Global Approach," presentation to members of l'Association du Jeune Barreau de Montréal, February 2012
  • "Stratégies gagnantes en droit des marques nord-américains" (co-panelist), panel discussion hosted by the Association des praticiens du droit des marques et des modèles (APRAM), Paris, September 2009
  • Utility of trademarks, panel discussion hosted by L'Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA), Montreal, June 2009
  • "Non-traditional trademarks" (discussion chair), International Trademark Association roundtable, Montreal, March 2009
  • Community Trademarks (panelist), Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Roadshow, Montreal, November 2008
  • "Protection de la propriété intellectuelle" (co-chair), Canadian Institute conference, Montreal, November 2008
  • "Clinique du droit canadien et américain" (co-panelist), panel discussion hosted by the Association des praticiens du droit des marques et des modèles (APRAM), Paris, June 2007
  • "Protection de l'objet utilitaire par droit d'auteur : mythe ou réalité," Développements récents en propriété intellectuelle, service de la formation continue du Barreau du Québec, Montreal, November 2007
  • "Le traitement de la propriété intellectuelle sur Internet : Initiation à la gestion des risques et aux bonnes pratiques," E-Discovery INSIGHT conference, Montreal, November 2006

Teaching activities

  • “A Practice In The Field Of Intellectual Property,” Université Laval, Microbiology Program, Quebec, 1 1/2 hour session, annually since 1996
  • "Preparing Trademark Applications and Use and Registrability Opinions," IPIC-McGill course Understanding Trademarks, Montreal, annually since 2004
  • "Trademark Filing Strategies" (workshop), IPIC-McGill course Understanding Trademarks, Montreal, annually since 2004
  • "Tips and Strategy in Opposition" (workshop), IPIC-McGill course Understanding Trademarks, Montreal, annually since 2004
  • "Practical Considerations Regarding Trademarks and Copyrights," École de dessin industriel, Montreal, 2 hour session, annually since 2001

Publications

  • "Cumul de protection pour la forme d’un produit ou celle de son contenant : particularités canadiennes et approche privilégiée," Revue Francophone de la Propriété Intellectuelle, no. 5, December 2017 
  • "Canada keeps up with technology," INTA Bulletin, August 1, 2017, Vol. 72 No. 13
  • "Ten things Europeans should know about Canadian Trade Mark Law," ECTA Special Gazette for the 20th Anniversary of the CTM Regulation, June 2014
  • "Design Rights Subcommittee Assists on OHIM’s Search Image Project" (co-author: Bridget Heffernan Labutta), INTA Bulletin, October 15, 2013, Vol. 68, No. 19, p. 7
  • "Official marks: a curious feature of Canadian Trademark law," IP Update — Canada, September 18, 2013
  • "L'emploi d'une marque de service par l'annonce : une approche practique" (co-authors: Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie and Oliver Tourangeau), Les cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, vol. 24, no. 1, Montreal, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2012
  • "Contributory Trade Mark Infringement by internet search engines for selling trade marks as key words: The Canadian perspective" (co-authors: Maxime Hébrard and Émilie Dubreuil), ECTA Gazette, June 2011
  • "La reproduction de l'objet utilitaire vis-à-vis le droit d'auteur : un interdit ?" (co-author: Tomek Nishijima), Les cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, vol. 20, no. 3, Montreal, Éditions Yvon Blais, 2008
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