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Shapiro Cohen, Barristers and Solicitors, Patent and Trade Mark Agents is a well established bilingual law firm and patent and trade mark agency practicing exclusively in the area of intellectual property.  


The firm's strength comes from a solid foundation built over the last four decades and from its highly qualified and experienced personnel who have diverse personal, educational, scientific and legal backgrounds. In dealing with issues of intellectual property, this diversity is perhaps the firm's greatest strength and its clients' most valued resource. Working as a team, the members of the firm ensure the finest work to meet a client's specific needs in recognizing, defining and protecting its investment in the research, development and marketing of intellectual property. A selected network of international associates enables the firm to represent clients effectively and efficiently throughout the world. We are a forward thinking and innovative group dedicated to keeping abreast of the rapidly changing field of intellectual property.


The Shapiro Cohen firm was founded by the late Norman R. Shapiro Q.C. in 1963 and serves a broad spectrum of business and industry, ranging from high technology to fashion and entertainment. Shapiro Cohen has grown by forming a group of firms, merging with Mantha and Associates, Pascal and Associates and Baker McLachlen. The combined firm has benefited from the sharing of resources and offers an excellent broad-based patent and trade mark practice along with related litigation services. Clients cover a dynamic range from individuals, entrepreneurs, inventors and governments to many multi-national diversified corporations including and involving internationally recognized brands, technologies and personalities. The patent practice has obtained and done original drafting of patents relating to all aspects of technology including mechanical, chemical, biochemical and, particularly, electrical inventions in semiconductor devices, fibre optics, software, antenna design, lasers and electro optics and networking technologies. The firm offers services in both English and French and is experienced in trade mark strategy and practice targeted to the Quebec market. We also offer experience with issues regarding use of the French language in Quebec.


The firm is uniquely positioned to offer expert advice on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and International Internet/Domain Name strategy due to the extensive involvement of members of the firm in the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) processes. Weaving a strategy through the Internet labyrinth of two hundred and forty-two country code Top Level Domains(ccTLDs), the new general Top Level Domains (gTLDs), the world of trade marks, UDRP and multi-jurisdictional litigation requires urgent serious analysis by most companies and we can provide a clear, and thoughtful approach. Jonathan Cohen served as a member of the Board of Directors of ICANN until November 2003 and on CIRA until June 2002.

The firm provides a full range of services dedicated to the registration, protection and enforcement of all aspects of intellectual property.




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