Bob Tarantino focuses his practice on the interface between the entertainment industries and intellectual property law, with an emphasis on film and television production, financing, licensing, distribution, and IP acquisition and protection. His clients range from artists and independent producers to Canadian distributors and foreign studios and financiers at every stage of production, from development to delivery and exploitation.
The immediate past Chair of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association's (OBA) Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section, Bob is an adjunct lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and is currently the acting co-director of IP Osgoode’s Intellectual Property Law and Technology Intensive Program. He has been a visiting Lecturer at the Western University Faculty of Law and holds graduate degrees in law from Osgoode Hall and the University of Oxford. Bob is the Contributing Editor for Canadian Film & Television Business & Legal Practice, authored by Tony Duarte and has also been recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of entertainment law in the 2010 through 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White). Bob plays an active role within the legal community, including serving on the OBA’s Governance Committee, Pro Bono Committee and Council, and serving on the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s Copyright Policy Committee and as a member of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review’s Editorial Board.
In addition to being a frequent panellist and commentator on various matters relating to law and intellectual property, Bob’s writing on various topics has been featured in publications ranging from This Magazine and the National Post to the Canadian Bar Association’s PracticeLink and the Literary Review of Canada. His academic articles in the field of entertainment law have been published in the University of California Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (Comm/Ent) and the peer-reviewed Intellectual Property Journal, Canadian Intellectual Property Review and Osgoode Hall Law Journal.