181 Bay St, Suite 4400, Brookfield Pl, Bay Wellington Twr, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1999 (ON)
Peter Giddens is the Co-Chair of McMillan’s Intellectual Property group and a partner in the Toronto office. Peter counsels clients concerning the acquisition, clearance, management, protection, enforcement, licensing and transfer of IP. In his brand and content protection practice, Peter advises clients concerning the availability of trademarks for use and registration, prepares and prosecutes applications to register trademarks and copyright, and manages domestic and foreign trademark portfolios. He represents clients in contentious matters such as trademark and copyright infringement proceedings, trademark opposition and expungement proceedings and domain name disputes. Peter assists clients with drafting and negotiating employment, contractor, commercial and business agreements concerning the ownership of IP rights, protection of confidential information and trade secrets, and licensing of IP. He frequently advises on IP issues in complex business transactions and strategic disputes. Peter serves on the CIPO-TIDB Director General’s Advisory Committee and INTA’s North American Advisory Council. He appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology as an expert witness concerning to amendments to the Trademarks Act and Copyright Act.