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John Koch

John Koch's practice focuses on the litigation of intellectual property rights and complex commercial dispute resolution, particularly as they relate to intellectual property rights infringement and marketing and distribution arrangements. He regularly represents clients in seeking or resisting injunctions. Recent significant injunction matters have included:

  • On behalf of a research pharmaceutical company, opposing attempts by a generic drug manufacturer to gain early market entry
  • Seizing counterfeit merchandise on behalf of a U.S. Division I University athletic program
  • Maintaining a distributorship for a Canadian distributor of cameras and photographic equipment
  • Permitting a senior employee of a high-technology company to move to a position with a competitor
  • Terminating managing general agencies and brokerage arrangements on behalf of a number of insurance companies

In the patent field, John has represented clients in infringement actions related to a broad range of technologies, including electromagnetic inspection devices, heavy machinery, fabric softeners, and ink-jet printer cartridges. He has advised publishers, authors, performers, software developers and licensees on a variety of copyright issues, and regularly represents manufacturers, retailers and distributors in contentious trade-mark actions and administrative proceedings.

John's practice includes substantial involvement in litigating the financial and economic issues surrounding damages quantification and business valuation in intellectual property, securities and expropriation cases. He has extensive trial and appellate experience and has represented clients at all levels of courts in Ontario, at the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before numerous administrative tribunals, including the Trade-marks Opposition Board, NAFTA binational panels and Advertising Standards Canada.

From 2007 to 2009 John was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he taught an upper-year course on contract remedies. He has been a regular guest lecturer in the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management program in investigative and forensic accounting. He has also been a member of the teaching team for the civil procedure course and the intensive trial advocacy program at York University's Osgoode Hall. In 2003 and 2004, he taught a course at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies entitled “A Cultural History of the Tour de France”.

John has written and spoken on a wide range of topics related to trade-marks, patents and arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution. John has served on the Ontario Advocates' Society Rules Committee in connection with proposals for the reform of oral discovery in Ontario. Beyond legal matters, he is a frequent lecturer and author on the history of the Tour de France.

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1993
LL.B., University of Toronto - 1991
B.A., University of Toronto - 1987
International Baccalaureate – Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific - 1983

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