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Paul Tackaberry

Counsel - Lawyer, Trademark Agent (2003-2022)

Office: Toronto

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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 will be shared with his family.

  • LL.B., University of Manitoba (1985)
  • Barrister & Solicitor, Province of Manitoba (1986)
  • LL.M., Columbia University (1987)
  • Barrister & Solicitor, Province of Ontario (1988)
  • Registered Trademark Agent, Canada (1990)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – IPIC (Associate)
  • International Trademark Association – INTA
  • Association Littéraire et Artistique International – ALAI
  • Canada Law Book’s Canadian Patent Reporter – CPR – Editorial Board (Member)
  • Ridout & Maybee LLP v. Sfera 39-E Corp. (2017) (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Home Hardware Stores Ltd. (2017), 144 C.P.R. (4th) 449 (Federal Court of Appeal)
  • Home Hardware Stores Ltd. v. Benjamin Moore & Co. (2014), 129 C.P.R. (4th) 452 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Medos Services Corp. v. Ridout & Maybee LLP (2013), 116 C.P.R. (4th) 475 (Federal Court)
  • American Pacific Industries Inc. v. Chrysler LLC (2013), 114 C.P.R. (4th) 212 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Allianz Global Investors of America LP v. Middlefield Capital Corp. (2014), 127 C.P.R. (4th) 39 (Federal Court)
  • Allianz Asset Management of America L.P. v. Middlefield Capital Corp. (2014), 127 C.P.R. (4th) 47 (Federal Court)
  • American Pacific Industries Inc. v. Chrysler LLC (2013), 114 C.P.R. (4th) 212 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Ogilvy Renault v. Comercializadora Eloro S.A. (2012), 104 C.P.R. (4th) 210 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Ogilvy Renault LLP v. Kanzani Specialty Papers (2012)  (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Barbera 1870 S.p.A. v. Barbera Caffé S.p.A. (2012), 102 C.P.R. (4th) 49 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Mondo Foods Co. v. Coppola (2011), 99 C.P.R. (4th) 20 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Native One Inc. v. Grand River Enterprises Six Nations Ltd. (2011), 96 C.P.R. (4th) 409 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Aspen Custom v. Chrysler Group LLC (2011) (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Cullen v. Triple Canon Corporation (2011) (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Canada Post Corp. v. Deutsche Post AG (2011), 97 C.P.R. (4th) 1 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Groupe Procycle Inc. v. DaimlerChrysler Corp. (2008) 72 C.P.R. (4th) 332 (Trademarks Opposition Board)
  • Mondo Foods Co. v. Mondo Gelato (Denman) Inc. (2008), 74 C.P.R. (4th) 28 (Trademarks Opposition Board)

“Exploring the Boundaries of ‘Use’ After the 2014 Amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act” (2014)
-The Trademark Reporter

Masterpiece v. Alavida: Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Likelihood of Confusion Test and Role of Expert Witnesses” (2011)
-The Trademark Reporter

“Ambush Marketing Legislation Comes to Canada in Advance of 2010 Vancouver Winter Games” (2010)
-Canadian International Lawyer

“Will Proposed Canadian Copyright Bill Dampen Newfound Judicial Affinity for Robust Users’ Rights?” (2005)
-European Intellectual Property Review

“Recent Trade Mark and Copyright Cases Temporarily Quench Canadians’ Thirst for Homegrown Internet Law Principles” (January 2002)
-World Internet Law Report

IP in China (2000)
-THC Press, Hong Kong

“Intellectual Property Risks in China: Their Effect on Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer” (1998)
-Journal of Asian Business

“Intellectual Property Laws in the Hong Kong S.A.R.: Localization and Internationalization” (1997)
-McGill Law Journal

“The Rights of Trademark Owners to Require Canada Customs to Seize Infringing Goods Have Been Strengthened by NAFTA” (1994)
-The Trademark Reporter

“The Digital Sound Sampler: Weapon of the Technological Pirate or Palette of the Modern Artist? (1990)
-Entertainment Law Review; republished in Readings in Intellectual Property (1998, Sweet & Maxwell)

“Look what they done to my song, Ma: the songwriter’s moral right of integrity in Canada and the United States” (1988)
-European Intellectual Property Review

“International Annual Review (Canada)” (1993-2013)
-The Trademark Reporter

Canadian Correspondent to the Entertainment Law Review (1989-2005)

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