Taras Kulish

Taras Kulish
Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP
Senior Associate
Corporate, Intellectual Property, Charity and Not-For-Profit

Taras Kulish is the chair of the intellectual property and charity/not-for-profit groups with Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP as well as the Toronto firm's senior associate in corporate/commercial law.

He graduated with a Diploma of Collegial Studies from Cegep of Old Montreal in 1984, before earning a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University’s Faculty of Law National Program in 1989. Mr. Kulish was called to the Quebec Bar in 1991, the Ontario Bar in 1993, and the New York State Bar in 1997.

As a trademark agent registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Kulish focuses on intellectual property law.

For more than 20 years, he has handled trademark applications and prosecutions for manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages, and other manufacturing and service companies. He mediates settlements of trademark issues and assists with injunctions and civil search orders.

Mr. Kulish also handles incorporating and advising not-for-profit and charity organizations.

He is a director and the international relations officer of the Canadian branch of HOPE Worldwide, an international charity recognized by the United Nations. In addition, Mr. Kulish founded the HOPE Worldwide of Canada Youth Academy with programs in partnership with Toronto Community Housing.

Fluent in English and French, Mr. Kulish lived for three years in Switzerland assisting international clients with Canadian interests in business, legal, professional, and sports-related areas.

Taras Kulish Posts

Canada-Switzerland trade ties boast growth potential

The free trade agreement between Canada and a number of European countries, including Switzerland (C-EFTA) is important for bilateral trade — and both Canadian and Swiss businesses are looking forward to further developing these partnerships, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish writes in the Spring 2016 edition of info Suisse , a publication of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Ontario). Read more

Flower patent raises thorny legal issues

A U.S. lawsuit over the intellectual property rights accorded to flower breeders raises some interesting questions over how those rights are conferred in Canada, says Toronto IP lawyer Taras Kulish . Read more

Lucasfilm uses the force to stop TO lightsabre battles

The transformation of a Star Wars -themed lightsaber battle shows charitable motivations won't insulate organizers from trademark enforcement, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish . Read more

Session to explore impact of social media on branding

Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish will share his thoughts on how social media has affected our preconceptions of what a brand or design should be, at an upcoming program hosted by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Read more

Kulish to discuss charity law at Ukrainian-Canadian trade show

Toronto charity/not-for-profit lawyer Taras Kulish is set to share his expertise on charity law with attendees at the upcoming Ukrainian-Canadian Business & Professional Trade Show, he tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Battle of the 'moose' trademarks

While there is a fight brewing between Moosehead Breweries and District Brewery over the name of a flagship beer, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish says there could be another dog — or in this case, moose — in the fight. Read more

Kulish to discuss humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish will speak about the ‘ Helping Hand for Ukraine ’ project at an upcoming human rights conference, hosted by Highway Liberty. Read more

Architects, designers should be aware of IP rights

Architects, engineers and other design professionals are protected by relevant trademark and copyright laws in Canada, and must take care to register and enforce these rights, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish writes in the Winter 2015 edition of info Suisse , a publication of the Swiss Canadian Chambers of Commerce of Ontario and Quebec. Read more

'Tis the season to research your charity

With an estimated 60 per cent of Canadians expected to give to various charities this holiday season, Toronto charity/not-for-profit lawyer Taras Kulish says it’s crucial to “know your charity" before donating. Read more

Charities must be vigilant to protect their brand

The recent action in which the Canada Revenue Agency sought to deregister a charity over mixing of personal and corporate funds is a clear example to all charities to act quickly to protect their brand, says Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish . Read more

Fall CPD event to discuss judicial reform, Ukraine-Canada free trade

On Nov. 17, the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association (UCBA) will hold its fall CPD event in Toronto, featuring presentations from expert speakers on topics such as judicial reform and free trade, says Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish , member of the UCBA executive. Read more

Chocolate and trademarks: a battle royal

By Taras Kulish . When I lived for three years on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland with my family from 2011 to 2014, our favourite pastime was visiting the Cailler chocolate factory with out-of-town guests. My love of Swiss chocolate, coupled with my fascination for intellectual property law, has inspired me to take a closer look at trademark disputes involving chocolate. Read more

Due diligence key when bringing s. 45 application

Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish says when faced with two confusing or similar trademarks, due diligence and preliminary searching goes a long way. Read more

ONCA delay provides 'golden opportunity' to Ontario non-profits

A further two-year delay in updating Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act is a “golden opportunity” for organizations to take a good long look at their structure in preparation for inevitable change, says Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish . Read more

Quebec's language rules to supplement Best Buy decision

Although major retailers won a court battle in April allowing them to keep their English names in Quebec, news that the government will “tighten” the Charter of the French Language by implementing new regulations will require retailers to add a French descriptor to English trademarks, says Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish . Read more