Named "Canadian Patent Litigation Attorney of the Year" in 2014 by Legal Media Group, Christopher Van Barr has accumulated considerable first-chair experience in complex patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation. He also has expertise in computer anti-piracy litigation.
Chris has appeared as lead trial counsel, and appeal counsel, for leading international pharmaceutical, medical devices, aerospace, software, manufacturing and information technology clients. He is ranked as a “Litigation Star” for Canada by Benchmark Litigation and a leading IP litigator by Chambers Global, Lexpert, Managing IP, The Best Lawyers in Canada, IAM Patent 1000, Who’s Who Legal, and other publications.
A registered patent agent since 2000, Chris also served as Adjunct Professor of Patent Law for eight years at the University of Ottawa. During his career, Chris has accumulated considerable experience 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 IP/litigation counsel for Corel Corporation.