James H. Buchan Firm Managing Partner External


Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1994 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4426

Fax: +1 416-863-3426

Email: james.buchan@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




James H. Buchan

James Buchan is firm managing partner, external, of Gowling WLG in Canada. In addition to his expertise in the areas of intellectual property advisory and enforcement work, James is also a past member of the firm's Board of Trustees, as well as a former leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and a former co-leader of its Trademarks Group.

As a barrister and solicitor, James' expertise in the IP field is broad-based and extensive, covering a wide range of IP-related contentious and non-contentious matters, including patent, trademark and copyright litigation. He has appeared as counsel of record in more than 25 reported decisions of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, and has been counsel in over 750 trademark opposition and expungement proceedings before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

James has been featured in numerous publications, most recently The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016, and Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2016.

He remains active in numerous national and international legal committees and industry groups, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the American Bar Association and the Defence Research Institute.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2015
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2014
      Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Career
      2013
      Gowlings Board of Trustees
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2012
      Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2012
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      February2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
  • 2008

    • Career
      2008
      Gowlings Practice Group Leader - Intellectual Property Litigation
  • 2006

    • Career
      2006
      Gowlings Practice Group Leader - Trademarks
    • Career
      2006
      Gowlings Toronto Department Head - Intellectual Property
  • 2005

    • Community
      2005
      Pro Bono Law Ontario - Aboriginal Legal Services
  • 2000

    • Career
      2000
      Gowlings - Partner
  • 1994

    • Career
      1994
      Gowlings - Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1994
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1992

    • Education
      1992
      University of British Columbia, LLB
  • 1988

    • Education
      1988
      University of Toronto, BSc. (Specialist) in Microbiology

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)