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Christopher M. Aide

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Christopher Aide heads Baker McKenzie's Intellectual Property Practice Group in Toronto. He has more than 25 years' experience advising on global trademark and design portfolio management, global brand protection, intellectual property enforcement, licensing and anti-counterfeiting matters. Christopher has co-authored and published the second volume of Markenvertragsrecht (Trademark Contracts Law), as well as numerous articles on various IP topics. He is also a speaker at a wide range of client and academic conferences and presentations. A partner in the Firm's Toronto office, he has also worked for a number of years in Baker McKenzie's Frankfurt practice. He is admitted to practice in Ontario (Canada), as well as in England and Wales. Christopher is ranked in the 2019 Chambers Global for Intellectual Property Law, is recognized by Legal 500 for Intellectual Property in its 2014 – 2018 rankings, while The World Trademark Review says that he is "truly outstanding" and "the prototypical Baker partner - international, business-minded and exceptionally talented" in recognizing him in their 2013 - 2018 WTR 1000 rankings.

Practice Focus

Christopher has worked extensively on matters relating to global trademark and design portfolio management and global brand protection. He also advises on worldwide corporate branding availability, Canadian and European Union trademark prosecutions and oppositions, domain name and Internet disputes, as well as licensing. Christopher regularly works with clients engaged in the consumer products, agricultural goods and IT industries.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Coordination of global and/or Canadian trademark portfolios for various clients, including a US-based global market leader in the computer industry, a Canadian currency exchange business, a French-Canadian multinational off-road tire and track business, a Canadian multinational engineering standards and testing business, an Anglo-Dutch consumer brands multinational, a French multinational food and beverage business, as well as several New Zealand-based multinational agricultural companies.
  • Supervising global trademark and domain name enforcement programs against infringers of IP rights for various clients, including a Canadian currency exchange business, a French-Canadian multinational off-road tire and track business, as well as several New Zealand-based multinational agricultural companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Law Society of England & Wales    
  • Law Society of Ontario

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2002)
  • Ontario~Canada (1992)

Education

  • University of Toronto (LL.B.) (1990)
  • University of Toronto (B.A. Honours) (1985)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Previous Offices

  • Frankfurt