Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Successfully represented the plaintiff at trial in this case in which the Federal Court confirmed that the plaintiff’s steel structure for an indoor soccer complex could benefit from copyright protection as an “architectural work” under the Copyright Act. The plaintiff’s copyright were found to be infringed by the defendants — a school board, engineering firm, architecture firm and general contractor — who together had designed and built a nearly identical structure. This was the first time in nearly 50 years that copyright protection was recognized by Canadian courts in a building structure. All defendants were held to be jointly and severally liable for the plaintiff’s damage, which were assessed at over $700,000 (plus interests and costs).