A partner at Gowlings since 1999, Kelly Gill is best known for his intellectual property litigation practice, particularly in the areas of trademarks and unfair competition. Kelly is leader of the firm’s Trademarks Group and interim leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.
Kelly is ranked as a leading IP lawyer by some of the world’s foremost legal directories, such as the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global and the Best Lawyers in Canada. The 2012 World Trademark Review 1000 ranks him as one of the top-seven trademark litigation counsel in Canada, stating that he “has an outstanding knowledge of trademark law and is extremely strong and robust in trial.”
In 2011, Kelly received an honourable mention from Intellectual Property Magazine for its “International IP Lawyer of the Year” award, which is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding technical skill and innovation, a commitment to quality advice, entrepreneurial spirit in enabling their clients to get the right commercial result, and an ability to contribute to strategy.
Kelly has appeared before all levels of court in Canada and served as counsel on two of the Supreme Court of Canada’s most important trademark and copyright decisions: Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc. (2011 SCC 27) and CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada (2004 SCC 13).
Kelly is the author of numerous publications, most notably Fox on Canadian Law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition (4th edition). This two-volume text, first published in 2002 and updated each year since, is considered the leading trademark law authority in Canada. It has been cited by every level of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada in all of its trademark judgments since publication.
Kelly currently sits on the IP Osgoode Advisory Board at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Kelly is recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Intellectual Property: Litigation.