Christopher J. Pibus
Chris Pibus is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, practising in the area of intellectual property litigation. His practice touches on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, designs, copyright, trademarks and domain names.
His major clients include leading consumer product companies in the fields of: apparel and footwear, pharmaceuticals, natural supplements and vitamins, organic foods, beer, wines and spirits; automotive products, and a number of leading Canadian retailers. Chris has extensive experience in strategic portfolio management for IP assets in Canada and internationally.
Chris acts as an advocate before the Federal Court (Trial Division and Court of Appeal) and all levels of Ontario courts. He has appeared as counsel of record in more than 40 reported decisions, before the courts, and has represented clients before the Canadian Trademarks Office on hundreds of contested matters.
For many years, he has maintained a significant practice relating to counterfeit products, transshipping and parallel imports. During its formative years, Chris was one of the architects of the Anton Piller practice in the Federal Court, and has served as lead counsel in enforcing these search and seizure orders across Canada against everything from counterfeit engine parts to counterfeit cosmetics and footwear.
In 2004, Chris was appointed as a panelist for WIPO’s domain name panel in Geneva. Since that time, he has written over 120 decisions and developed a substantial practice in domain name disputes. In addition, Chris has acted as an arbitrator for the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).
Chris has served as a lecturer on trademark litigation at the McGill University/IPIC trademarks program since 2008.
An active member of the community, Chris focuses on education and disability issues. He serves on the executive of the Autism Family Alliance and is involved in fundraising and services in support of autistic teenagers and adults.