Partner Co-Chair, Intellectual Property, McMillan LLP
The best there is at:
Peter is the best there is at providing strategic advice concerning the acquisition, registration, maintenance, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property assets, including trademarks and domain names, copyright and patents.
Peter Giddens is a Partner in the Toronto office and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.
Peter counsels clients concerning the acquisition, clearance, management, protection, enforcement and licensing of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on trade-mark, copyright and domain name issues. Peter also negotiates trade-mark license agreements and other agreements affecting IP rights. A significant portion of his practice is representing clients in contentious matters such as trade-mark opposition and expungement proceedings before the Trade-marks Opposition Board and domain name dispute proceedings under the UDRP and CDRP. Peter also advises clients and other lawyers with respect to matters of trade-mark infringement and passing off. Peter assists our corporate and commercial lawyers on transactions involving the acquisition or disposition of IP assets, and with commercial agreements impacting IP rights. Peter is frequently asked to consult regarding corporate re-branding initiatives and to provide strategic advice concerning the proper use and maintenance of intellectual property assets.
Currently, Peter serves as Vice-Chair of the International Trademark Association’s Trademark Office Practices Committee, and is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s Trademark Practices Committee. Peter is listed in World Trademark Review’s WTR1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals again in 2016, for the sixth consecutive year. He also received the International Trademark Association Award for the Advancement of Trademark Law in 2005.
After articling with the firm’s Toronto office in 1997-98, Peter joined the Intellectual Property group as an associate lawyer in 1999 and has been a partner since 2006.