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Christopher C. Van Barr
Partner, Patent Agent

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1996 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Christopher C. Van Barr

Named "Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year" in 2014 by Legal Media Group, Christopher Van Barr is one of Canada's leading patent litigators and has accumulated considerable first-chair experience in complex patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation. He also has a particular expertise in computer anti-piracy litigation.

Chris, who is noted for his strategic thinking, leads a larger IP litigation team that is appropriately sized for the case at hand.  His team is privileged to act for leading international pharmaceutical, medical devices, aerospace, software, manufacturing and information technology clients.

Ranked as a “Litigation Star” for Canada by Benchmark Litigation and a leading IP litigator by Chambers Global, Lexpert, Managing IP, and other leading directories, Chris has also served the broader community, acting as Adjunct Professor of Patent Law for eight years at the University of Ottawa, and Chair of the CBA Court Practice Committee. Chris has been a registered patent agent since 2000 and is in demand as a speaker where he shares his knowledge and thoughts on trends in IP litigation. 


Clients note: 'He is always looking for practical solutions.' Other sources single out his ability to remain calm in difficult situations.
Chambers Global

Featured client work

PrinterOn acquired by Samsung Electronics

Client Work September 2, 2014

Featured insights & resources

Pharmaceutical data protection in Canada: The latest word from Photocure

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article December 1, 2015

Federal Court of Appeal finds that PMPRB extends to generics

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article November 1, 2015

Federal Court grants interlocutory stay in IP dispute

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article July 1, 2015

FCA imposes "could and would" test to assess non-infringing alternative

Alex Gloor, Christopher C. Van Barr

Article July 1, 2015

Supreme Court of Canada dismisses first section 8 damages appeal

Christopher C. Van Barr, Kiernan A. Murphy

Article April 1, 2015

Leaving their mark

Christopher C. Van Barr, Grant W.C. Tisdall

Article September 29, 2014

Top ten tips for dealing with business method patents in Canada

Christopher C. Van Barr, Grant W.C. Tisdall

Article September 13, 2011

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2016

2016

May 2016

2015

December 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015

2015

December 2015

Lexpert/ROB Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

2015

November 2015

Chambers Canada 2016

2015

October 2015

LMG Life Sciences Awards 2015

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

September 2015

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015

2015

August 2015

Expert Guides: Patents

2015

July 2015

Managing Intellectual Property 2015

2015

July 2015

IAM Patent 1000 , 2015

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

July 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015

2015

April 2015

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

April 2015

Chambers Global 2015

2014

October 2014

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014

2014

October 2014

LMG Life Sciences Awards 2014

2014

September 2014

Managing IP's IP Stars Handbook 2014

2014

September 2014

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

July 2014

IAM Patent 1000 , 2014

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

July 2014

Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2014

2014

April 2014

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014

2014

April 2014

Chambers Global 2014

2013

November 2013

Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

2013

September 2013

Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers 2013

2013

July 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013

2013

June 2013

IAM Patent 1000 , 2013

2013

April 2013

Chambers Global 2013

2013

March 2013

Benchmark Canada 2013

2013

February 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013

2012

July 2012

IAM Patent 1000 , 2012

2012

July 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

2012

April 2012

Chambers Global 2012

2012

April 2012

Benchmark Canada 2012

2012

February 2012

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2012

2011

February 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011

2011

2011

IAM 250, The World's Leading Patent Litigators - Leading practitioner

2010

February 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010

2010

2010

Chambers Global Guide 2010

1996

1996

Year of Call, Ontario

1994

1994

University of Western Ontario, LLB

Christopher Van Barr
Profile highlights

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Christopher Van Barr

Named "Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year" in 2014 by Legal Media Group...

Christopher Van Barr
Featured insights & resources

Pharmaceutical data protection in Canada: The latest word from Photocure

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article December 1, 2015

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Pharmaceutical data protection in Canada: The latest word from Photocure

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article December 1, 2015

Federal Court of Appeal finds that PMPRB extends to generics

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article November 1, 2015

FCA imposes "could and would" test to assess non-infringing alternative

Alex Gloor, Christopher C. Van Barr

Article July 1, 2015

Federal Court grants interlocutory stay in IP dispute

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article July 1, 2015

Supreme Court of Canada dismisses first section 8 damages appeal

Christopher C. Van Barr, Kiernan A. Murphy

Article April 1, 2015

Potential changes to the Canadian Competition Bureau's Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines may be a game-changer for technology companies and firms in patent-...

Alan James, Christopher C. Van Barr

Article April 1, 2015

Leaving their mark

Christopher C. Van Barr, Grant W.C. Tisdall

Article September 29, 2014

Top ten tips for dealing with business method patents in Canada

Christopher C. Van Barr, Grant W.C. Tisdall

Article September 13, 2011

Christopher Van Barr
Profile highlights

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Christopher Van Barr

Named "Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year" in 2014 by Legal Media Group...

Insights & Resources

EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Chris is a former adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa where he taught Advanced Patent Law. He is frequently invited to speak on IP issues and has delivered papers at conferences organized by the Canadian Institute, Law Society of Upper Canada, Infonex, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, among others.

On April 12, 2012, Chris participated in the Gowlings seminar 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Software and Business Method Patents but Were Afraid to Ask,' based on a book he co-authored earlier this year.

Client Work

PrinterOn acquired by Samsung Electronics

Client Work September 2, 2014

Chris has appeared as lead trial counsel and appeal counsel on numerous cases before the Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court, and Ontario Court of Appeal. A sample of cases includes:

  • International Control Systems, LLC et al. v. Haier America Trading LLC (Fed. Ct. T-1654-11): patent case involving automatic volume levellers for televisions (counsel for Haier)
  • Sirific Wireless Corporation v. Leonard MacEachern (Ont. Ct.01-CV-221390CM 3): inventorship case involving virtual local oscillator technology for wireless communications (counsel for Sirific)
  • Car-Ber Investments Inc. et al. v. Eastcoast Maintenance Services Limited (Fed. Ct.T-1502-09): patent case involving isolation and test plugs for petro-chemical industry (counsel for Eastcoast)
  • Blackboard Inc. v. Desire2Learn Incorporated (Fed. Ct. T-655-09): patent case involving e-learning software (counsel for Desire2Learn)
  • Nuance Communications, Inc. et al. v. Zi Corporation (Fed. Ct. T-1324-08): patent case involving software for text messaging (counsel for Zi)
  • Fred Dufresne v. Central 1 Credit Union (Fed. Ct. T-855-08): patent case involving dynamically-generated Web pages and state-based client-server sessions (counsel for Central 1)
  • INO Therapeutics LLC et al. v. Vitalaire Canada Inc. (Fed. Ct. T-102-08): patent case involving use of nitric oxide as vasodilator (counsel for INO Therapeutics)
  • JAY-LOR Fabricating Inc. v. Lucknow Products (Fed. Ct. T-1958-07): patent case involving vertical feed mixers (counsel for JAY-LOR)
  • JDS Uniphase Inc. v. Metconnex Canada Inc. (Ont. Ct. 05-CV-31805): trade secret case involving wavelength selective switches and microelectromechanical systems (counsel for JDS Uniphase)
  • Takeda Canada Inc. v. Canada (Health), 2013 FCA 13 (FCA): trial and appeal counsel for Takeda addressing first interpretation of “variant” in Data Protection Regulations re: dexlansoprazole.
  • ABB Technology AG v. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,2013 FC 1050 (FC): trial and appeal counsel for patentee ABB re: electrical switchgear
  • Bayer Inc. v. Cobalt Pharmaceuticals Company, 2013 FC 573 (FC): counsel for Bayer against multiple generics regarding drospirenone
  • Mövenpick Holding AG v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2013 FCA 6 (FCA): trial and appeal counsel for Exxon against Movenpick re: trademark MARCHE EXPRESS.
  • ABB Technology AG v. Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.,2013 FC 1050 (FC): trial and appeal counsel for patentee ABB re: electrical switchgear
  • Bauer Hockey Corp. v. Easton Sports Canada inc., 2014 FC 853 (FC): counsel for Reebok-CCM re: intervention
  • Counsel for Bayer BioScience N.V. in multi-party actions to determine who was entitled to a patent on an invention on some of the earliest plant genetic engineering work, in relation to one of the last patent conflicts in Canada since Canada changed to a first to file system
  • Apotex Inc. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America et al., CV-09-391938: counsel for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in ongoing s.8 damages claim brought by Apotex
  • Eli Lilly Canada Inc. v. Novopharm Limited (2009), 80 C.P.R. (4th) 391 (FC): counsel for Eli Lilly defeating Novopharm's motion to dismiss Eli Lilly's application regarding Form II olanzapine
  • Bridgeview Manufacturing et al. v. Duratech et al., 2010 FCA 188 (FCA): counsel for Bridgeview Manufacturing at trial and appeal upholding patent validity involving agricultural machinery
  • Raymor Industries Inc. et al. v. National Research Council of Canada et al.( 2008), 70 C.P.R. (4th) 216 (FC): counsel for National Research Council defeating Raymor's motion for summary judgment.
  • Abbott Laboratories Ltd. and Takeda Pharmaceutical Corporation v. Novopharm et al, (2007), 61 C.P.R. (4th) 97 (FCA): trial and appeal counsel for Takeda Pharmaceuticals successfully resisting Novopharm's bid for a Notice of Compliance for lansoprazole
  • Jay-Lor International Inc. v. Penta Farm Systems Ltd. (2007), 59 C.P.R. (4th) 228 (FC): trial counsel for Jay-Lor obtaining judgment for Jay-Lor for patent infringement and damages
  • Calgon Carbon Corp. v. Trojan Technologies, (2006), 56 C.P.R. (4th) 281 (FC): trial counsel for Trojan Technologies successfully defending Trojan from claims of patent infringement
  • Adobe Systems Incorporated, Autodesk, Inc, Symantec Corp v. Capmatic Ltd., Fillab, Inc. Pharmavigor Inc. et al., (2005), T-665-05 (FC): counsel for Adobe, Autodesk, and Symantec on successful Anton Pillar motion
  • Stonehouse v. Batco Manufacturing Ltd. et al. (2004), 38 C.P.R. (4th) 105 (FC): trial counsel for Batco Manufacturing successfully defending Batco from claims of patent infringement
  • Carbo Ceramics Inc. v. China Ceramics Proppant Ltd. (2004), 34 C.P.R. (4th) 423; affirmed (2004), 34 C.P.R. (4th) 431 (FCA): motion and appeal counsel for Carbo Ceramics obtaining interlocutory judgment against China Ceramics preventing the manufacture, use and sale of ceramic proppant

Christopher Van Barr
Profile highlights

#
Christopher Van Barr

Named "Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year" in 2014 by Legal Media Group...

Christopher Van Barr
Featured insights & resources

Pharmaceutical data protection in Canada: The latest word from Photocure

Christopher C. Van Barr, Will Boyer

Article December 1, 2015

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