Christie Bates is an associate in the Intellectual Property Group at Cassels. Christie has a broad practice in the licensing, protection, enforcement and acquisition of intellectual property. As her practice involves both solicitor and litigation work, she can strategically advise on each stage in the lifecycle of her clients’ intellectual property assets.
Christie has experience and can assist with:
- Conducting and drafting trademark clearance opinions, responding to Office Actions, and trademark prosecution Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
- Representing plaintiffs and defendants in Federal Court proceedings in copyright and trademark infringement matters, passing off, and license disputes
- Advising on copyright infringement, fair dealing, the registration system, and the Notice and Notice Regime
- Advising and securing tariff-based licenses through music collectives for performance and reproduction rights and representing parties in the Copyright Board tariff-setting proceedings
- Providing transaction advice and due diligence in the evaluation and management of intellectual property in acquisitions and mergers
- Negotiating and drafting technology and IP licenses and cross-branding agreements
Christie received a joint Common Law and Civil Law (B.C.L/LL.B) degree from McGill University. While at law school, Christie was the Executive Director of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, the largest student-run legal clinic in Canada, which provides bilingual legal information to clients through the work of 150 volunteers drawn from two universities. She was also heavily involved with Pro Bono Students Canada. Prior to law school, Christie received her Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Political Philosophy and received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in “Ethics, Society & Law” from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
Prior to joining Cassels, Christie completed her articles and worked as an IP and Technology associate at another national firm where she authored numerous articles and frequently made presentations on IP-related topics. She is currently an Executive of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group.
Outside of the confines of the office, Christie loves to sing and act (preferably, simultaneously). In addition to having been in over a dozen amateur productions over the past decade, she also sits on the board of one of Canada’s oldest music organisations.