John Simpson

John Simpson
FIRM:
Shift Law
POSITION:
Founding Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Intellectual Property
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Principal of Toronto's Shift Law, John Simpson focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, licensing law and is an experienced litigator in all areas of intellectual property.

Mr. Simpson obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law in 2003. He was one of the original graduates of the Information and Technology law program and received many awards and prizes for legal writing and advocacy in the area of intellectual property.

Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in copyright and trademark law, Mr. Simpson has advised many different types of organizations regarding intellectual property law issues and has represented clients successfully in disputes before federal and provincial courts and before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

He also does pro bono legal work for the 200 Wellesley Street Legal Aid Clinic and the Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum.

John Simpson Posts

Brewer shouldn’t take Muskoka chair dispute sitting down

When protecting your company’s valuable brand, you should be prepared to fight for it, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson. Read more

Kawhi takes to a different court looking for victory

Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard’s fight to regain rights to the logo he says he created is a reminder to consider every contingency when it comes to protecting your creative property, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson . Read more

$20M 'obituary piracy' case sets precedent: Simpson

A judgment awarding $20 million to grieving families for “obituary piracy” will serve as an authority in copyright law, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson . Read more

Entry into Madrid Protocol opens the world to Canadian trademark owners

With long-awaited reforms to the Trademarks Act coming into effect June 17, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson says Canada’s entry into the Madrid Protocol is exciting for both trademark practitioners and clients. Read more

Amendments to Trade-marks Act coming into force June 17

With significant changes on the horizon for Canada’s Trade-marks Act , Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson says there are key developments that will modernize and disrupt the nation’s trademarks regime. Read more

MLSE wants Snoop to drop 'Leafs' logo like it's hot

The latest trademark faceoff between the Toronto Maple Leafs and rapper Snoop Dog will be one to watch on both sides of the border, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Drake's bid to limit DJ's trademark rights deep-sixed

The Trade-Mark Opposition Board held that a DJ represented by Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson is entitled to the exclusive use of the name "6IX" in association with DJ services across the country — despite opposition from Drake, one of Canada's biggest celebrities. Read CBC News ... Read National Post ... Read Canadian Lawyer ... Read World Intellectual Property Review ... Edmonton Journal Read more

Trademark trolls will be stymied by new legislation

Amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act are bad news for trolls, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Federal Court of Appeal upholds highly restrictive protective order

A recent case gave the Federal Court of Appeal an opportunity to offer guidance on a rare type of court order that prevents one party from seeing parts of the opposing side’s evidence, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

CRTC rejects call to block content pirates, cites lack of jurisdiction

TORONTO — A coalition of media organizations suffered a setback in their fight against so-called content pirates on Tuesday when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it doesn't have authority to police the activities they want shut down. Read more

No copyright protection attached to photos of photos: Simpson

A recent case involving an enhanced digital copy of an old photograph brings up interesting issues around copyright and retouched images, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Early opposition saves money and time in trademark process

Rights holders can save themselves time and money by opposing trademarks before they’re registered, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Government's IP strategy a boon to Canadian SMEs

The federal government’s Intellectual Property Strategy is a positive initiative for Canadian businesses — in particular, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Securing weed-related brand names is game of 'hurry up and wait'

The rush to profit from the recreational cannabis industry in advance of legalization later this year has industry players in a hurry to stake claims to various forms of intellectual property, Toronto IP lawyer John Simpson writes in Canadian Lawyer . Read more

Protect trademark interests ahead of legislative changes

Changes are coming to Canada's trademark laws and holders of proprietary titles should review their registered holdings with counsel, Toronto intellectual property lawyer John Simpson tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more