Christopher Van Barr is a partner in Gowlings’ Ottawa office and is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. Chris has expertise in patent, PM(NOC), trade-mark, copyright and trade secret litigation as well as expertise in computer anti-piracy litigation.
Acting on behalf of leading national and international pharmaceutical, software, manufacturing, and information technology clients, Chris has appeared as lead trial counsel and appeal counsel on numerous cases before the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. Chris is ranked as a leading IP litigator by some of the foremost Canadian legal directories. Chamber's Global Guide notes, "Van Barr is the one you would turn to in the general patent and especially the patented medicines space."
A registered patent agent since 2000, Chris has also accumulated considerable expertise in advising clients on the commercial management of intellectual property including patent life cycle management. Prior to joining Gowlings in 1999, he was in-house counsel (intellectual property/litigation) for a leading Canadian computer software company.
Chris is recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Intellectual Property: Litigation.