Chris Hunter represents clients in the acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of all forms of intellectual property, including patents, trade-marks, copyrights, industrial designs and trade secrets.
His practice focuses on providing strategic advice to clients concerning their intellectual property portfolios, and providing litigation support for infringement and misappropriation actions. In particular, he devotes a significant part of his practice to negotiating the intellectual property aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.
He also regularly negotiates and drafts agreements, including licences, joint development agreements and various other technology-related agreements. He was significantly involved in representing Nortel in the historic $4.5 billion sale of its patent portfolio.
As a registered patent agent, Mr. Hunter drafts and prosecutes patent applications for electrical, mechanical (including medical devices), business method, financial services (FinTech), software and information technology-related inventions, and more recently, cannabis. He also specializes in industrial designs. Mr. Hunter is also a registered trade-mark agent.
Mr. Hunter has spoken at numerous conferences, including those organized by Insight, Federated Press and the Ontario Bar Association, is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (commercialization of intellectual property course), and is also a regular guest speaker at Ryerson University.
Prior to joining our Toronto office, Mr. Hunter was a partner at another major law firm in Toronto. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).