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Christopher N. Hunter

Partner, Lawyer, Patent Agent, Trade-mark Agent

Christopher N. Hunter


T:+1 416.216.1906

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). 

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  • Education

    LL.B., University of Victoria, 1998
    M.A.Sc., Engineering, University of Toronto, 1995
    B.A.Sc., Engineering, University of Toronto, 1991

  • Representative experience

    Matters in which Mr. Hunter has acted include:

    • Advising Nortel Networks Limited on all intellectual property aspects, including trade-marks and branding, relating to its divestment of assets and businesses. This included advising Nortel Networks Limited in its record-breaking $4.5-billion sale of 6,000 patents to Rockstar Bidco (a consortium comprising Apple Inc., EMC Corporation, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion—now BlackBerry—and Sony). Work for Nortel included: managing Nortel’s trade-mark portfolio in insolvency, negotiating deal documents, conducting due diligence analysis of hundreds of patents, formulating claims charts, contending with standards bodies, and a myriad of related issues while negotiating aspects of the precursor sale agreement with Google
    • Advising the Bank of Nova Scotia on the technical aspects of DataTreasury’s multi-million dollar patent infringement claim relating to the electronic imaging and reconciliation of cheques and subsequent transmission via the bank’s secure networks Canada wide
    • Managing Tac-Fast Canada’s worldwide patent and trade-mark portfolio, spanning over 40 countries and jurisdictions
    • Advising Domtar Corporation on intellectual property portfolio assessment and patent infringement risk in the acquisition of Attends Healthcare Limited, including providing freedom to operate analysis of over 3,600 European patents
    • Advising Research In Motion—now BlackBerry—on the patenting of its smartphone technology and managing a number of its patent portfolios
    • Advising TELUS Mobility (Canada’s third-largest mobile phone company) on the patenting of aspects of its wireless telephone technology
    • Advising Bell Canada (Canada’s largest telecommunications company) on a variety of litigation matters while on secondment at Bell


  • Admissions
    • Canada (patents) 2002
    • Canada (trade-marks) 2010
    • United States (patents) 2002
    • United States (trade-marks) 2010
    • Ontario 2000
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2019:
    • Intellectual Property LawCanadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016: recommended in Intellectual Property
    • Who’s Who Legal, Canada 2015-2018: Patents
  • Speaking engagements
    • Mr. Hunter has spoken at numerous conferences, including those organized by Insight, Federated Press and the Ontario Bar Association. He is also a regular guest speaker at Ryerson University.
  • Memberships and activities
    • International Trademark Association
    • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    • Toronto Intellectual Property Group
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Licensing Executives Society 
    • Adjunct professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (commercialization of intellectual property course)