Ryan Steeves: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Ryan Steeves

Ottawa,  ON  Canada

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Trade-marks
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Licensing
  • Life Sciences
University Yale University, B.A., Political Science/Pre-Medicine, 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of Ottawa, J.D., Common Law, 2011
Admitted2012, Ontario

Executive Summary

Ryan Steeves is an associate in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Ryan practises intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent litigation and applications under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (NOC Regulations). He also assists clients with regulatory matters such as listing patents on the Patent Register and reporting patents to the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board (PMPRB).

Ryan also assists clients in the acquisition and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Canada and around the world. In particular, Ryan assists clients in the resolution of their commercial intellectual property disputes, namely in the areas of trade-marks, copyright, and domain names, as well as with licensing/agreement issues involving intellectual property rights.

Ryan began his career at BLG as a summer student (2011), completed his articles with the Firm (2011-12) and returned as an associate in August 2012.

Publications & Presentations

· Author, "Amendments to the Copyright Act Proclaimed into Force," BLG's Intellectual Property Law Bulletin, November 2012 (with Hafeez Rupani).

· Contributor, Carswell's 2012 Copyright Year in Review and the 2011 Patent Year in Review.

· Contributing Author, case law updates for the Canadian Bar Association's quarterly e-newsletter.

· Collaborated on a white paper entitled "Infringement of Trade-marks by Goods in Transit" for the International Association of the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).

Representative Work

· Acting as counsel for innovative companies asserting validity and infringement of patents during proceedings brought pursuant to the NOC Regulations.

· Advising clients on patent portfolio issues relating to listing patents on the Patent Register, reporting to the PMPRB, and data protection.

· Preparing, filing and prosecuting trade-mark applications, including registrability opinions.

· Assisting clients in trade-mark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

· Assisting clients in trade-mark disputes, namely infringement, passing off and expungement proceedings.

· Preparing intellectual property guidelines (with respect to the use, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights).

· Assisting clients in the protection, acquisition and litigation of copyright.

· Resolving ownership/inventorship/authorship disputes.

· Drafting intellectual property licenses, agreements and assignments.

Professional Involvement

· Member, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and the County of Carleton Law Association

· Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and International Trademark Association

Community Involvement

· Cabinet Member, United Way's Community Services Cabinet, 2010-present

· Volunteer Reader, BLG Reads to Kids Program, 2011-present

· Assistant Coach, Varsity Men's Hockey Team, University of Ottawa, 2007-11


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GHI Found to Be Confusingly Similar to the Well-Known Mark GIA for Use in Association with Diamond Grading and Other Wares and Services
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, January 8, 2015
This is a dispute over the registration of the trademark GHI by Gemology Headquarters International, for use in association with diamond grading, the issuance of diamond grading certificates, education in the field of gemology and other wares and services in the field of gemology. The applicant,...

Motion for Summary Judgment Granted: Court Awards $15,000 in Damages, $13,000 in Costs
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, January 8, 2015
This was a motion for summary judgment claiming relief under the TrademarksAct for the infringement of the Plaintiff’s registered trademark NEW HOME LIVING arising from the Defendant’s unauthorized use of the trademark NEW HOME LIVING.

Motion for Summary Trial Granted: but Plaintiff’s Claim is Struck and its Trademark is Struck from the Register
Adrian J. Howard,Beverley Moore,Chantal Saunders,Ryan Steeves, January 8, 2015
This was a motion for summary trial relating to an alleged trademark infringement by the Defendant of the trademark LINGAYEN held by the Plaintiff. In response, the Defendant counter-claimed against the validity of the trademark’s registration. The LINGAYEN trademark covers Filipino food...

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Ryan Steeves

100 Queen Street, Suite 1100
OttawaON K1P 1J9


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