Kevin Sartorio Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2000 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4492

Fax: +1 416-863-3402


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Primary office:  Toronto

Kevin Sartorio

Kevin Sartorio is an intellectual property litigator in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and the head of its Intellectual Property Department.

As a partner with the firm since 2007, Kevin's expertise is extensive and covers all areas of IP contentious work, including patent, design, trademark, copyright and trade-secret litigation, as well as opposition proceedings before Canada's Trademark Opposition Board. Kevin is also a registered trademark agent.

Kevin has appeared as counsel of record in numerous reported decisions of the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada, including some of Canada's most important trademark and copyright decisions: (e.g. CCH Canadian Ltd v Law Society of Upper Canada[2004] 1 SCR 339; Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin v Boutiques Cliquot Ltée [2006] 1 SCR 824).

Kevin is regularly ranked as a leading IP lawyer by some of the world's foremost legal directories, including:

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (IP Litigation), 2014-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014-2016
  • World Trademark Review, 2014-2015
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2014-2016
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Copyright 2014-2016 recognized as an "IP star"

Career & Recognition

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Kevin has authored and co-authored several papers, articles and commentaries, and presented to various organizations, all in relation to Canadian intellectual property matters. His papers and presentations include:

  • 'Recent Developments of Importance to Canadian IP Litigation,' Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2002-2005)
  • McGill/IPIC Copyright course, guest lecturer (2005)
  • 'The Dawn of a New Era of Balance in Canadian Copyright Law,' Canadian Intellectual Property Reports (November 2005)
  • 'Broadened Rights for Famous Marks in Canada: A Review of the Supreme Court of Canada's Decisions in Veuve Clicquot and Mattel,' Toronto Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (September 2006)
  • INTA Roundtable on Canadian Trade-mark Decisions, guest moderator (November 2006)
  • 'The Rebirth of Section 22 of Canada's Trade-Marks Act as an Anti-Dilution Remedy,' 96 Trademark Rep. 1020 (2006)
  • 'Copyright Law as a Weapon Against Grey Marketing,' 2008 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • 'Euro-Excellence Inc. v. Kraft Canada Inc. Grey-Marketing and a Reminder of Important IP Rights Interplay,' Federated Press' Franchise and Distribution, Volume XIV, No. 3 (2008 case comment)

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