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Richard S. Levy


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Practising in intellectual property law, Richard S. Levy has extensive expertise with regard to trademarks, domain names, copyright, patents, industrial designs, trade secrets and publicity rights. He is involved in all aspects of managing intellectual property portfolios and licensing, including licensing of software. His experience covers drafting contracts to set up networks of distributors, sales representatives, and manufacturers’ agents, as well as creating and negotiating national and international franchise agreements. He also carries on a mediation practice.

Mr. Levy advises entrepreneurs and small and mid-sized businesses on how to cost-effectively create and use their intellectual property assets. He gained a unique insight into the client’s perspective as a result of his many years as General Counsel of a publicly-traded company which manufactures and sells hockey equipment and uniforms, exercise equipment, snowboards, and popular brand toys. He is also a seasoned litigator, having pleaded before the Federal Court of Canada, the courts of Quebec, the Trademarks Opposition Board, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Levy has experience representing retailers, franchisors and franchisees in diverse industries, as well as manufacturers and distributors of home storage products, toys, hockey equipment, artificial turf, apparel and fashion accessories, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products. Over the years, Mr. Levy has been invited to speak at conferences held by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the International Trademark Association (INTA), various trade associations and American law firms, as well as by McGill University for their Executive MBA Program and Summer Program in Intellectual Property.


2010 - Mediator for the Service franco-québécois de médiation, Accreditation by the Québec Bar
2009 - Mediator in civil, commercial and employment mediation, Accreditation by the Québec Bar
2009 - Advanced mediation training, Pepperdine University School of Law
2008 - A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Pepperdine University School of Law
1980 - Common Law Equivalency Certificate, Law Society of Alberta
1975 - LL.L., University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section
1972 - B.A., McGill University

Professional Affiliations

  • Québec Bar
    • Member of the Québec Bar's Committee on Participatory Justice
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow, Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and member of various committees
  • International Trademark Association


November 2016 - Moderator, How to Talk to Your Client about Settlement and Dispute Resolution, IPIC Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
August 2012
- Understanding Trade-marks -  An Introductory Course, McGill University and IPIC
October 2009 - Getting Value for the sale of IP Assets, Sale of a business: Legal and Financial Aspects, De Grandpré Chait Business Law Conference
May 2009 - Intellectual Property Pitfalls to Know Out of the Starting Gate, McGill University Executive MBA Program
November 2008 - Copyright Reform in Canada: Copymight or copyfight? Seminar in Saint-Louis, Missouri
May 2007 - Product Shapes as Trademarks: The US and Canada Compared, INTA Annual Meeting
March 2007 - Expungement actions: An in-depth look at how to succeed, IPIC Spring Meeting
February 2007 - Comment réussir les procédures en radiation de marques de commerces?  IPIC
March 2006 - Licensing of Intellectual Property, The Canadian Institute
March 2005 - IP Basics, Franchising Trade Show


August 2017 -Know your mediator, or prepare to be surprised, IPIC Bulletin

August 2017 -A $644 million lesson, De Grandpré Chait Newsletter

May 2017 - The Federal Court clears the underbrush on accounting for profits: before, during and after the patent term, De Grandpré Chait Newsletter

August 2015 -Mediation can be a less expensive route to justice, Montreal Gazette, August 28, 2015

February 2013 - How a Mediator Salvaged the 2012-13 NHL Season, IPIC Bulletin
October 2012
- A landmark book on thinking illuminates why mediation works, IPIC Bulletin
February 2012
- The mediator's toolkit of questions, IPIC Bulletin
September 2011 - When to mediate: No mediation before its time? IPIC Bulletin
June 2006 - The LEGO case: In the Supreme Court of Canada, The Trademark Reporter (INTA)