John McKeown

Counsel at Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber

John McKeown focuses on providing advocacy and advice concerning intellectual property and related matters, including protecting trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, patents, confidential information and misleading advertising claims under the Competition Act. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in IP law (trademarks and copyright). Mr McKeown is chair of the Trademarks Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and chair of the International Trademark Treaties and Laws Committee of the American Bar Association.

Some of Canada’s largest marketers have relied on Mr McKeown’s advice.

Mr McKeown supervises obtaining, protecting and licensing trademarks; he has prosecuted hundreds of successful trademark applications and been involved in many opposition proceedings before the Trademarks Opposition Board and actions for infringement.

Mr McKeown is the author of two textbooks dealing with trademarks: Brand Management in Canadian Law (Carswell, currently in its 5th edition, 2020) and Canadian Intellectual Property Law and Strategy: Trademarks, Copyright and Industrial Designs (Oxford, 1st edition, 2010; LexisNexis 2013-2019 editions).

Mr McKeown is also the author of Fox, Canadian Law of Copyright and Industrial Designs (3rd edition, 2000; 4th edition, 2003), the leading copyright textbook in Canada. The fourth edition has been released in a loose-leaf format. Mr McKeown and the text have been referred to by both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal as authoritative sources.

Professional associations

  • ABA
  • INTA
  • IPIC

Sample client list

  • Goodwill Industries
  • Mag Instrument Inc
  • Northern Uniform Service Corp
  • Storage Mart Partners LLC
  • Union Electric Lighting Co Ltd
  • Velcro BVBA

Firm details

Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber
480 University Avenue
Suite 1600
Toronto ON M5G 1V2

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