Trade-marks, copyrights and other related intellectual property (IP) are increasingly critical to competing in an international market. Procuring, protecting and enforcing IP in a global context is now key to every company’s business strategy. As both a lawyer and a registered Canadian trade-mark agent, Athar Malik is well placed to meet the IP needs of clients.
Whether representing clients in clearing or securing trade-marks, drafting confidentiality agreements or advising on copyright and other intellectual property issues, Athar’s practical approach and eye for detail allow him to provide solutions that contribute to the success of our clients.
|Advising clients on the availability (clearance) of trade-marks and prosecuting trade-mark applications in Canada||Representing parties in trade-mark opposition and non-use (expungement) proceedings in Canada|
|Assisting clients with securing trade-mark rights in other countries||Prosecuting copyright applications in Canada and assisting clients with copyright issues in other countries|
|Advising clients regarding all types of intellectual property licensing issues, including the drafting and reviewing of license agreements||Advising clients regarding confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), including the drafting and reviewing of such agreements|
|Assisting with representing parties in intellectual property litigation (including disputes relating to trade-marks and copyrights)||Advising clients on general intellectual property matters, including intellectual property aspects of commercial transactions, commercial agreements, labour & employment situations and other aspects of intellectual property law|
Athar’s previous experience as a litigator allows him to identify common issues raised in litigation and to avoid those pitfalls when advising clients on intellectual property matters. Additionally, with an undergraduate degree in business, Athar has a commercial understanding that allows him to suggest practical solutions that meet not only the legal, but also the business priorities of our clients.
Athar is involved with a number of professional groups that deal with IP issues, including:
- Serving as the current editor-in-chief of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review
- Acting on the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s Litigation Committee and its Trade-mark Legislation Committee
- Sitting on the International Trademark Association’s Publications Committee
This involvement gives Athar foresight into upcoming policy and legislative changes that may impact our clients. It also allows him to advise government and organizational stakeholders of the potential impact of any legislative changes to industries represented by our clients.
Having practiced law across Canada, including downtown Toronto and Atlantic Canada, Athar’s insight and experience allow him to comfortably navigate Canadian trade-mark and intellectual property issues for each client in a way that suits their specific needs.
Awards & Distinctions
- Junior Fellow of Massey College, 2004-2007
- Recipient of the Medal in Commerce for graduating with the highest overall standing in the Queen’s University Commerce program and inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honour Society, 2004