Martin P.J. Kratz Q.C.: Lawyer with Bennett Jones LLP

Martin P.J. Kratz Q.C.

Partner, Trademark Agent, Head of Intellectual Property
Calgary,  AB  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Technology Law
  • Privacy
  • Private Equity
  • Procurement & Outsourcing
  • Regulatory
Contact InfoTelephone: 403.298.3650
Fax: 403.265.7219
University University of Alberta, B.Sc., 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of Alberta, J.D., 1984; Universitat Heidelberg, Germany, German Civil Law, 1986
Admitted1985, Alberta

Martin Kratz leads the intellectual property practice for Bennett Jones. His practice is focused around intellectual property and technology law, which includes substantive patent, copyright and trademark matters as well as matters of intellectual property transactions, IP commercialization, IP strategy and opinions, data protection, privacy, ecommerce, strategic alliances, mergers, acquisitions and technology transfers among technology companies. His practice is focused on the energy, electronic commerce, software, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, entertainment and related industries.

Martin continues to be internationally recognized as a leading lawyer. Among other recognition he is identified:

· as a leading Canadian IP practitioner by winning the Corporate Intl Global Award, Intellectual Property Advisory Excellence in Canada;

· in The International Who's Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers by Who's Who Legal;

· as one of Canada's most creative lawyers by Lexpert-Thomson in the US guide to Canada's 100 Most Creative Lawyers;

· as one of Canada's leading lawyers in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in each of the fields of intellectual property, information technology and biotechnology law;

· as a leading Internet and e-commerce lawyer in Who's Who Legal: Internet & e-Commerce;

· as one of Canada's leading lawyers in Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, technology law and information technology law;

· as highly recommended in technology law by the Practicing Law Institute;

· as tier 1 by Chambers and Partners for information technology law and intellectual property law;

· as a leading lawyer by Mondaq's Guide to the World's Leading Internet and E-Commerce Advisors; and

· as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property and Information Technology by Lawday.

Martin has written over 280 publications on various topics involving intellectual property, technology law or on related topics including the following books as sole or co-author: Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 2nd Ed., 2010; Outsourcing (Canada) 2012; IP&IT Handbook 2011/12 (as well as the earlier 2008/09 and 2006/07 editions): Volume 2: Data Protection - Canada; Licensing 2012 (Canadian Forms & Precedents), Electronic Commerce Law 2012; Trademarks and Industrial Designs, 2002 (Canadian Encyclopedic Digest); Internet Law: A Business and Professional Guide, 1998 (Canada's first Internet law text); Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 1998; Obtaining Patents, 2nd Edition, 1999 (1st Edition published 1995); Protection of Copyright and Industrial Design, 1999, 2nd Edition (1st Edition published 1994); Information Systems Security: A Practitioner's Guide, 1994 (2nd Edition published 2003); The Computer Virus Crisis, 1992, 2nd Edition (1st Edition published 1989 and translated into Russian, Japanese and Dutch versions); and Control and Security of Computer Information Systems, 1988.

Martin is national co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School's Intellectual Property LLM program. Teaching or having taught courses in Intellectual Property Law, Biotechnology Law and Internet Law at several law schools Martin s an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto) and at Concordia University College (Edmonton). At Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) Martin teaches, as lead national instructor, Intellectual Property Transactions for the Intellectual Property LLM Program. He also acts as Regional Director of the E-Business LLM program.

Among other memberships, Martin is a member of the American Bar Association's Science & Technology, Patent, Copyright & Trademark, Sports & Entertainment and International Sections, a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Canadian Information Processing Society.


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Norwich Orders and Copyright Trolls
Martin P.J. Kratz, March 18, 2014
The decision of the Federal Court in Voltage Pictures LLC v John Doe and Jane Doe, 2014 FC 161, provides insight into the collision of Norwich Orders, means used to identify unknown infringers, and the growing business model of copyright trolls giving rise for the Courts to be more mindful of...

Defining Copyright Infringement
Martin P.J. Kratz, January 9, 2014
The Supreme Court recently addressed the approach to assessment of copyright infringement in the case of Cinar Corporation v Robinson, 2013 SCC 73, and thereby provided some important guidance to courts facing similar difficult determinations.

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Martin P.J. Kratz Q.C.

855-2nd Street S.W.
CalgaryAB T2P 4K7

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