Christian Bolduc is a partner in Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh's Montreal office where he has practised in the field of intellectual property for 20 years with a focus on trademark law. His experience covers all stages of the trademark life cycle and consists primarily of procurement, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, management, strategic counselling and enforcement. He routinely prepares and prosecutes trademark applications and prepares opinions on availability, registrability, validity and infringement. He is also highly skilled in assisting with trademark portfolio management, including selecting trademarks with particular value, implementing national and international filing and enforcement strategies in accordance with clients' commercial objectives, and setting up guidelines for properly promoting, advertising and using trademarks both in-house and externally. This in-depth knowledge and experience ultimately allows the clients that Christian works with to increase the value of their trademark portfolios in Canada and abroad.
Christian also advises clients on commercial issues and transactions involving trademarks, including the negotiation and drafting of license agreements, international co-existence agreements, IP asset audits, and the preparation and implementation of due diligence investigations. He also regularly handles complex trademark opposition proceedings and appeals from Registrar decisions and assists in litigation strategy and execution.
Christian works with clients ranging in size from local start-ups to multinational corporations. A long-spanning career, his knowledge of the law in Canada, the U.S. and abroad, and an approach driven by clients' business objectives are the traits that make Christian a strong asset for our clients.