Steven Kennedy: Lawyer with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Steven Kennedy

Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416 869 5977

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Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Copyright & Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Life Sciences
University McGill University, B.Sc., 2004
Law SchoolUniversity of Ottawa, LL.B., 2008
Admitted2009, Ontario

•Canadian Bar Association
•International Trademark Association
•Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
•Ontario Bar Association
•Advocate's Society
•INTA Young Practitioner's Committee
•AIPLA Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy Committee
•AIPLA Trademark Law Committee
•Toronto Intellectual Property Group


Steven Kennedy is an associate in our Intellectual Property Group. He has experience in all areas of intellectual property including trade-mark, copyright, and patent law. Steven's practice focuses on trade-mark and copyright law, where he works with rights holders and brand owners to secure and enforce their intellectual property rights in Canada and abroad. He has appeared before the Federal and Ontario courts as well as administrative tribunals, including his recent work as co-counsel to the Siloxane D5 Board of Review.

Steven's experience includes:

•Prosecuting trade-mark applications before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office as a registered Trade-mark Agent
•Assisting with trade-mark oppositions and cancellation proceedings before the Federal Court and Trade-marks Opposition Board
•Providing opinions to clients on trade-mark availability and registrability as well as patentability and freedom to operate
•Assisting in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications
•Acting as litigation counsel in patent, trade-mark, regulatory, and commercial actions in the Ontario and Federal Courts

Steven served on the Executive of the Ottawa Law Review as Candidate Coordinator and Senior Editor. He graduated from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law, cum laude, in 2008 and holds a B.Sc. in Physics from McGill University. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 2009. An avid actor, Steven was an active member of the County of Carleton Law Association's Lawyer Play Committee and helped organize, and participated in, annual theatrical productions with members of the Ottawa bar for charity. He also has a number of publications in the Advocates' Quarterly, Canadian Intellectual Property Review, and Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada journals.

Steven joined Cassels Brock from an intellectual property and commercial litigation practice at a large, national firm in Ottawa.


•Steven Kennedy, “isoHunt Faces a Torrent of Litigation” (2011-12), 11 Internet & E-Com. L. Can. 74-76
•Carole J. Brown & Steven Kennedy, “Changing the Rules of the Game: Rewinding the First Ten Months of the New Rules of Civil Procedure” (2011), 37 Adv. Q. 443
•Kevin L. LaRoche & Steven Kennedy, “Client Conflict Rules and Intellectual Property Practice in Canada (2009), 24 C.I.P.R. 405
•Contributing Author: Biotechnology & Chemical Patent Practice in Canada (November 2011)

Biographie en francais

•Registered Trade-Mark Agent

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Canadian Intellectual Property Office Signs on to TMClass

Canada's New Trademarks Act: What it Means for You

Canada's New Trademarks Act Receives Royal Assent

Canada's Proposed Combating Counterfeit Products Act - A First Step in the Right Direction


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Canadian Intellectual Property Office Signs on to TMClass
Steven Kennedy, September 12, 2014
On August 25, 2014, Canadian trademark practice took a step toward international harmonization when the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") joined the database of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market ("OHIM"), TMClass.

Canada's New Trademarks Act: What it Means for You
Shane Hardy,Steven Kennedy,Stephen I. Selznick, July 3, 2014
As reported in our previous e-lert, the Parliament of Canada passed Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 on June 19, 2014. This has been a much anticipated omnibus bill, which introduces sweeping changes to Canadian trademark law.

Canada’s New Trademarks Act Receives Royal Assent
Steven Kennedy,Stephen I. Selznick, June 30, 2014
Yesterday, the Parliament of Canada completed the final steps to pass Bill C-31, the somewhat cryptically-named Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 11, 2014 and other measures, or Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 for short.
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Steven Kennedy

40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3C2


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