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John G. Leckie
Partner

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1991 - British Columbia

Primary Office: Vancouver

John G. Leckie

John Leckie is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office, practising primarily in the areas of advertising and trademark law.

John’s clients include major advertisers and advertising agencies, as well as several British Columbia Crown corporations. His advertising and promotions law practice involves giving advice on:

  • Legislation relating to false and misleading advertising and deceptive marketing
  • Comparative advertising
  • Promotional contests
  • Social media
  • Personality, publicity and privacy rights
  • Contractual matters relating to advertising

John also has a significant trademark practice, which involves:   

  • Managing clients' trademark portfolios, in Canada and around the world, and giving strategic advice on brand protection
  • Conducting searches and giving opinions on the availability of trademarks 
  • Filing and prosecuting Canadian trademark applications
  • Handling trademark opposition proceedings

John strives to provide advice which is practical and useful, and takes a straightforward, "plain language" approach to explaining the law to clients. 

Before going to law school, John worked in the advertising agency business in Vancouver, first as a media estimator and then as an account executive. He joined the firm in 1995 after four years with another national Canadian law firm.


"My 'ad law' and trademark practices go hand-in-hand. Keeping my clients' communications compliant and protecting their brands are both critical."

September2015

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July2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

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2015

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The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

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July 2014

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Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

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February 2010

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2010

1999

1999

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Trademarks I

1998

1998

Institute of Canadian Advertising, Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner

1991

1991

Year of Call, British Columbia

1990

1990

University of British Columbia, LLB

1984

1984

Queens University, BA

John Leckie
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John is a frequent author and lecturer in his areas of practice and has been a guest lecturer to, among others, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Advertising Club of Edmonton and Capilano College's marketing program. He also regularly presents client seminars on "Marketing and Advertising - What's law got to do with it?"

Speaking Engagements

Generating success seminar

Events June 25, 2015

Hot topic: Things you need to know about trademarks and advertising law

Events January 27, 2016

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