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Six More Join McCarthy Tétrault’s Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group

Date

February 2, 2004

LAWYER(S) MENTIONED

Kenneth L. Bousfield
Christine de Lint
Brian W. Gray
Christopher N. Hunter
Alfred A. Macchione
Robert Nakano




Toronto, February 2, 2004 — McCarthy Tétrault has announced that six top intellectual property lawyers and patent agents have joined its Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group in Toronto. The addition of Brian Gray, Alfred Macchione, Ken Bousfield, Robert Nakano, Chris Hunter and Christine de Lint adds a new dimension to a practice group that continues to set the standard in Canada.

McCarthy Tétrault Chair and Chief Executive Officer W. Iain Scott said: "We’re delighted to welcome Messrs. Gray, Macchione, Bousfield, Nakano, Hunter and Ms. de Lint to the firm. Each of them has established an impressive reputation in their field, and together they bring a new dimension of strength to our team."

"The addition of these six esteemed professionals not only complements the existing talent of our group, it takes it to the next level," said George S. Takach, Practice Group Leader of McCarthy Tétrault’s Technology, Communications and Intellectual Property Group.

Brian Gray is a highly ranked partner and patent and trade-mark agent. Since inception, Mr. Gray has appeared in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and its Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, as well as the Who’s Who Legal, Global Counsel 3000 and Managing Intellectual Property as one of the leading patent law and trade-mark law experts. A former Chair of the International Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, he has appeared before the federal and Ontario courts on patent, trade-mark and copyright matters. Mr. Gray serves on the Board of Directors of a technology network of Canada’s major research universities. For a decade, he served on a federal government Ministerial Science Advisory Committee. Recently Mr. Gray’s practice has focused on litigation and dispute resolution in the patent, copyright, entertainment, trade-mark and advertising areas.

Alfred Macchione holds a master’s degree in engineering and graduated from the McGill Faculty of Law in 1986 as an Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medallist. He is called to the bars of Ontario and Québec, and is a patent and trade-mark agent. Mr. Macchione is involved in all aspects of the clearance, acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property. He has particular experience in the patenting of inventions in the fields of networked communications, business methods, software and other forms of computer technology. His other areas of expertise include information technology transactions and electronic commerce. In particular, Mr. Macchione has had significant involvement with technology acquisition, development and exploitation ventures, electronics manufacturing and supply logistics agreements and technology outsourcing arrangements. Mr. Macchione is a past Chair of the Information Technology Committee of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and has served on various other professional committees in the areas of intellectual property and information technology law.

In addition to his work in law, Ken Bousfield is a professional engineer who practised in this field for five years prior to being called to the bar. His practice is focused on obtaining and enforcing patents related to mechanical and electro-mechanical devices. He handles a significant amount of patent-related work for the railroad sector.

Robert Nakano is a partner and a Canadian patent and trade-mark agent who is also qualified to represent Canadian clients before the U.S. Patent Office. Mr. Nakano’s practice includes evaluating, protecting and licensing rights in technology relating to computers, software, telecommunications equipment and business methods. This work includes developing, maintaining and exploiting patent portfolios and assessing technologies of companies involved in mergers, acquisitions, public offerings and litigation. He has a B.A.Sc. in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo and has worked for companies in the computer, telecommunications and medical device fields. He has appeared before the federal and Ontario provincial courts in various trade-mark and copyright matters, including assisting in a successful appeal before the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal on a significant grey market goods case.

Chris Hunter represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and use of all forms of intellectual property including trade-marks, copyright, and industrial designs. He is involved in licensing, joint development agreements, and various other technology-related agreements. He has an M.A.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Toronto and is registered to practise as a patent agent before both the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Canadian Applicants). Mr. Hunter is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Toronto Intellectual Property Group, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Christine de Lint, a trade-mark agent, is involved with Canadian and worldwide trade-mark portfolios for a number of well-known corporations. She assists clients with the trade-mark clearance, filing and prosecuting and licensing, as well as trade-mark oppositions, non-use expungement proceedings before the Canadian Registrar of Trade-marks, and international filings. She also assists in the intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions. She is a member of the International Trade-mark Association (INTA), the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the Patent and Trade-mark Institute of Canada (PTIC) and the Toronto Intellectual Property Group.

These new additions are an ideal complement to McCarthy Tétrault’s Technology Communications and Intellectual Property Group. McCarthy Tétrault is the top-ranked firm for technology law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Lexpert Magazine describes the group as the "front runner" who "sets the bar" for the practice of IT law.

McCarthy Tétrault, Canada's premier law firm, has a significant presence in all major financial centres in Canada as well as in New York and London. With close to 800 practitioners, we regularly advise on many of the largest transactions and cases in Canada and around the world. Chambers Global, an authoritative legal directory, cites McCarthy Tétrault as the number one law firm in Canada for 2003. In the previous year, Chambers included McCarthy Tétrault in its Top 10 North American Law Firms – the only Canadian firm to receive this prestigious honour – and named us "Best Canadian Business Law Firm of the Year."

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416-601-7684
[email protected]
Hélène Sansoucy
514-875-1789
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