John McKeown
Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP

480 University Avenue, Suite 1600
Toronto, Canada , Ontario M5G 1V2, Canada
Phone: 416-597-3371
Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Small Differences are Sufficient to Distinguish Weak Trademarks

A recent decision of the Federal Court illustrates that for trademarks made up of highly suggestive and non-distinctive components small differences between the trademarks, such as different suffixes, can distinguish the marks…more

Copyright in the Subject Matter of a Photograph

A recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit raises some interesting issues concerning the copyright in a photograph…more

Recent cases and developments relating to copyright -March 2018

recent cases and developments relating to copyright…more


Recent cases and developments relating to copyright…more

An Accurate description of Services as a Defence to Infringement

A recent decision of the English Court of Appeal considered a defence alleging informative use of a third party’s trademark. This article reviews that decision an the Canadian position…more


The Federal Court of Appeal has recently confirmed the decision of the trial judge and dismissed an appeal from a decision which found that use of the business name “Time Development Group” infringed a registration of the…more

Blocking Infringement at the Real and Virtual Border

The explosion of the Internet and the rapid development of online commerce encourage the sale of counterfeit goods. In the past the distribution of counterfeit goods was primarily through street vendors or discount outlets and…more

Gripe Site Found to Infringe

A recent decision of the Federal Court relates to the operation of a gripe site directed at United Airlines, Inc…more

Golf Ball Technology and a Declaration of Non-Infringement

In a recent dispute concerning golf ball technology the alleged infringer has responded by bringing an action for a declaration that its actions do not infringe the intellectual property in issue…more

A Blow against Pirates on the Internet

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has interpreted the Copyright Act, in way that protects the rights of copyright owners on the Internet…more

Drawing the Line Between Copyright and Industrial Design Protection

Where the line between art, which is protected by copyright, and industrial designs should be drawn is difficult to determine. A recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States adds to the discussion…more

The Effect of Copyright in Architectural Plans

A recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court deals with an architect’s right to seek payment from a purchaser of an apartment development constructed using the architect’s plans, after a foreclosure of the property…more

Moral Rights and Charging Bulls!

The recent dispute involving the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl sculptures raises interesting issues relating to the protection available to an author for infringement of moral rights…more

The Surprising Impact of the Terms of the Google AdWords and AdSense Programs on a Claim of Infringement

A recent U.K. case dealt with a claim for trademark infringement relating to the use of domain name and the impact of the Google AdWords and AdSense programs on the claim as well jurisdictional issues…more

The Federal Court Makes it Clear that the Commercial Circumvention of TPMs will not be Accepted

A recent decision of the Federal Court has enforced technical protection measures under the Copyright Act. This is the first decision to do so.…more
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