Stéphane E. Caron Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1996 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0177

Fax: +1 613-788-3468


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Stéphane E. Caron

A partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, Stéphane Caron specializes in intellectual property protection and litigation. His practice focuses on copyright, trademarks, personality rights, privacy and related aspects of media law.

Stéphane provides strategic advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to a broad range of clients from entertainment companies and software businesses to airlines, fashion designers, and manufacturers of motor vehicles, clothing and other consumer goods. He also regularly advises public sector and not-for-profit organizations, including government departments, crown corporations and professional associations.

A member of the Gowling WLG's Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Stéphane represents clients before the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Trademark Opposition Board. He has also appeared before the Québec Superior Court and the Québec Court of Appeal.

A former chair of the firm's Copyright National Practice Group, Stéphane has extensive experience in advising clients on copyright policy and related regulatory issues. He is a member of the Copyright Technical Committee of the Canadian Intellectual Property Institute (IPIC) and former chair of IPIC’s Copyright Policy Committee. He is also member of the Copyright Section of the American Bar Association. Stéphane taught copyright law as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa from 1998 to 2015 and continues to speak on developments in copyright, trademarks and privacy law.

Fluent in French and English, Stéphane advises and represents clients in both of Canada’s official languages.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Managing IP North American Awards — Milestone Case of the Year 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • 2009

    • Career
      Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Chair of the Copyright Policy Committee
  • 2008

    • Career
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Leader of the Copyright National Practice Group
  • 2007

    • Career
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Partner
  • 1998

    • Career
      University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Part-Time Professor
  • 1996

    • Career
      Gowling, Strathy & Henderson, Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1994

    • Education
      Université de Montréal, LLL
  • 1993

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLB
  • 1990

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering)


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association des Juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)
  • Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI)
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Copyright Society of the United States of America (CSUSA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Defending a broadcaster in a dispute over the authorship and ownership of a musical work performed during a national event.
  • Assisting an energy company to clear copyright and managing related risks in relation to promotional materials and the use of third party content online.
  • Advising and representing an entertainment company to resist an injunction against the distribution of alleged infringing content.
  • Advising a publisher of educational materials on the impact of proposed copyright legislation.
  • Representing a clothing manufacturer and retailer in proceedings relating to the applicability of provincial language laws to commercial advertising.
  • Advising and representing  a collective management society for performing rights in relation to the collection of royalties for the public performance of music.
  • Representing an international limousine company in a trademark infringement case involving online advertising of a competitor's services.
  • Acting on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in trademark cases in relation to the unauthorized use of trademarks in advertising of independent automobile repair facilities.
  • Acting on behalf of an automobile manufacturer in trademark and copyright enforcement proceedings in relation to the importation and distribution of counterfeit auto parts.
  • Acting on behalf of a broadcaster in a trademark infringement and expungement action in relation to a registered trademark for television services.
  • Acting on behalf of a crown corporation in the enforcement of copyright relating to the reproduction and distribution of a proprietary database.
  • Representing Canadian and multinational companies in proceedings before the Trademark Opposition Board and related appeals before the Federal Court of Canada.