Ryan Steeves Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call : 2012 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613 786 0131

Fax: +1 613 591 0249

Email: ryan.steeves@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa

Ryan Steeves

Ryan Steeves is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the IP department.

Ryan's practice focuses on IP Litigation in all areas of IP, including providing strategic advice related to the proactive enforcement and protection of his clients’ intellectual property assets. He has represented clients in all stages of litigation, across a wide spectrum of issues – from disputes over pharmaceutical patents, to technology disputes over copyright, to trademark disputes involving fashion and sports apparel. Ryan is a passionate advocate for his clients, whether they are an individual creator, a local independent business, or a large multi-national corporation.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Ryan served as the Director of Legal Affairs for Music Canada, the national trade organization representing Canada’s major record labels and their partners, the artists. In this role, Ryan advocated on behalf of music creators for the creation of stronger IP rights. He worked closely with external counsel as Music Canada intervened in several seminal cultural industry and technology cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, and was a key contributor to the overall management of Music Canada’s policy initiatives. Ryan was the point-person for Music Canada’s federal advocacy, and was influential in the development of Music Canada’s ground-breaking report, The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-In-Canada Approach.

Previous to his role at Music Canada, Ryan was an associate at a large national firm in Ottawa, serving clients in the IP Litigation and Trademark Prosecution departments.

Before becoming a lawyer, Ryan was a professional hockey player .

Career & Recognition

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  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call , Ontario
  • 2011

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD
  • 2004

    • Education
      Yale University, BA


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Presenter, Entertainment & Media Law Symposium (LSUC), April 2017 - on the mandated five-year review of the Copyright Act
  • Co-Author, “The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-In-Canada Approach”, October 2017 [link here]
  • Speaker, Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS) Speaker Series, October 2017 – on the state of affairs in the Canadian music industry and practicing in the area of entertainment law
  • Panelist, Strategies for Protecting IP in the Age of Cloud and Streaming Services, CBA, September 2016 – as part of a panel discussion on the effectiveness of Canada’s notice-and-notice system
  • Co-Editor and Author, Carswell’s “Consolidated Intellectual Property Statutes and Regulations”, 2012 – 2014 - co-authored chapters summarizing recent developments in copyright and patent legislation and case law
  • Author, “Souvenir Maker Granted Injunction, Delivery up and Awarded Compensatory Damages for Lost Sales”, June 2014, published in the World Trademark Review Daily - article summarizing important trademark infringement/expungement decision, and applicable remedies