James Green is an intellectual property litigator in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. James has extensive experience representing clients in trademark, patent, design and copyright litigation before all levels of court in Canada. James’ recent litigation experience notably includes three of the only handful of recent Canadian trademark cases where claims of depreciation of goodwill (dilution) have succeeded.
James has particular expertise in Canadian opposition and cancellation practice, with a string of recent wins before the Trademarks Opposition Board, including a series of complex opposition proceedings dealing with non-traditional colour-shape and packaging configuration marks. James also assists brand owners with the recovery of improperly registered domain names under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure (UDRP) and Canadian CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure (CDRP).
In addition to his litigation practice, James is a registered Canadian trademark and patent agent. James prosecutes applications for patents and trademarks and provides advice to Canadian and international clients with respect to intellectual property strategy, clearance, and enforcement.
James is regularly recognized by leading legal ranking services. In the World Trademark Review 1000 James is individually ranked as a leading Canadian practitioner in trademark litigation and enforcement, with his clients saying: “James is a personable and knowledgeable attorney whose IP expertise is invaluable. I always feel as if my interests are well taken care of, and I wholeheartedly recommend him.”
James previously served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice James O'Reilly of the Federal Court. At the Federal Court, James provided assistance in intellectual property cases and also gained extensive experience in administrative law, assisting with judicial review proceedings from decisions of a wide variety of Federal boards and tribunals. Before practising law, James studied chemistry and worked in a research laboratory.