Paul Tackaberry

Jul 25 2022

It is with profound sorrow that we share the news of the death of Paul Tackaberry.  Paul has been a well-respected and well-loved member of the Ridout & Maybee family since 2003. We are devastated by the loss.

Professionally, Paul was a powerhouse of reasoning and intellect, with an encyclopedic knowledge of trademark and copyright law.  His ability to draft succinct, straightforward argument and analysis getting to the heart of matters was second to none.  He advised clients with sagacity and wisdom.  He also made significant contributions to the law in Canada. He repeatedly shaped the scope of protection for famous trademarks in Canada, first before the Supreme Court of Canada in Jaguar and later at the Trademark Opposition Board in Bell Canada v.Bellroy; created new law on trademark remedies in Mondo Foods v. TorreMondo at the Federal Court; and clarified the treatment of families of related trademarks at the Federal Court of Appeal in Benjamin Moore v. Home Hardware.

But Paul’s professional accomplishments did not define him. He was kind, humble, generous of time and spirit, calm, cool, and collected.  We will remember him for his quirkiness, his sense of humour, his organized hiking tours at INTA, his saxophone concerts at our offices and on his porch at home, his care and dedication for his clients and colleagues, his ability to make strong and meaningful relationships at home and abroad, and of course his glowing passion and pride for his loving wife and daughter. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his widow, Sarah, and daughter, Leah.  

Words of kindness and condolence sent to ptackaberry@ridoutmaybee.com will be shared with his family.

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