Marc retired from the practice of law in 2014. He is a Trade-mark Agent and Senior Corporate Paralegal on our Business Law team. During his career as a lawyer, Marc practiced in Intellectual Property, Computer and Technology Transactions, Corporate and Commercial Transactions and Securities Law and is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Born in Montréal, he first came to Dal in 1977 for his undergraduate studies. Later in life, Marc returned to Halifax and began practicing law in 1991. In 1997, he became a Trade-mark Agent. He appeared before all levels of courts, worked on the historic privatization of Nova Scotia's electric utility, assisted in numerous securities offerings and represented large corporations in servicing their IP and IT legal requirements during the early days of the internet’s development when little legislation or jurisprudence was available.
Marc is also an experienced musician, has published original songs and performs regularly in Halifax. He is happily married with four children.
This fall the Federal government will undertake a mandated review of the Copyright Act.Read full article
On June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court (USSC) delivered a unanimous decision that the 1946 trade-mark law (Lanham Act) prohibiting the registration of “disparaging” words and phrases, violated the country’s constitution as an unacceptable restriction on free speech.Read full article
On May 17, 2017 the UK Court of Appeal's denied Nestle's decade-long efforts to register its iconic four-finger shape of a KitKat bar in Britain. The shape of the candy is registered as a trade-mark in several countries, including Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.Read full article
A heated debate is emerging in the copyright world this week; can an artist’s moral rights be infringed merely by placing an object next to a sculpture. This debate poses the questions, what are moral rights and how does the Canadian Copyright Act protect artists.Read full article
During the most popular week for burgers in Halifax, it was reported that lawyers for McDonald’s Corporation sent a cease and desist letter to a Halifax restaurant. A cease and desist letters can have a strong deterrent effect, if it's without solid legal foundation, the sender loses credibility.Read full article