Chris Bennett

Offices

Vancouver

  • Phone:
    604.643.6308
  • Fax:
    604.605.3762

Toronto

  • Phone:
    416.365.3427

Calgary

  • Phone:
    403.776.8808

Assistant

 Chris Bennett
Profile

Chris Bennett is the head of the firm's IT Law Group and Trade-marks Law Group, and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property, Technology & Outsourcing, Video Games & Interactive Entertainment, and Franchise & Distribution Law Groups.  He is also the Chair of the firm's Environmental Sustainability Task Force.

Chris primarily advises clients in connection with the following:

  • creating, protecting, enforcing and commercializing intellectual property (IP) and technology (IT)
  • developing, distributing, licensing and supporting software, video games and other technology
  • negotiating IT outsourcing and services agreements
  • negotiating athlete, event and corporate sponsorship agreements
  • negotiating gift card agreements and drafting gift card terms
  • complying with privacy legislation and drafting privacy consents and privacy policies
  • complying with Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL)
  • complying with promotional contest laws and drafting contest rules and waivers
  • establishing and protecting internet-based businesses, franchise systems and other distribution systems

Chris is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in both Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law, by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Practitioner in Computer and IT Law, by the World Trademark Review (WTR1000) as a Leading Trademark Professional and by American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in Canada.  He is also AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Eleventh Edition
    August 19, 2014
    O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms is a comprehensive collection of forms and precedents now in its 11th edition covering a broad range of legal subjects for a number of jurisdictions including Canada (Federal), Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba,...
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  • Davis LLP Seminar Series
    May 5, 2014
    Canada's anti-spam legislation (CASL) takes effect on July 1, 2014. As the compliance deadline draws near, it is increasingly critical that businesses, marketers, professional organizations, and anyone who sends out commercial electronic messages...
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  • February 4, 2014
    What is Canada's New Anti-Spam Law (CASL)? Canada's new anti-spam law (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014, and requires most organizations to obtain consent before sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs), including e-mails, text...
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  • Davis LLP Breakfast Seminar Series
    January 15, 2014
    Canada's new anti-spam law (CASL) is set to come into force on July 1, 2014. The purpose of the legislation is to minimize receipt of unsolicited electronic messages whether in the form of e-mail, text messages, social media or other means of telecommunica...
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  • Davis LLP Technology & Outsourcing Bulletin
    December 6, 2013
    Canada’s new anti-spam law has now received royal assent and will begin to take effect on July 1, 2014. The law is broad and the penalties for non-compliance are very steep. Virtually every person and business in Canada will be affected by...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    November 15, 2013
    In the November 15, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly, Davis LLP's Chris Bennett emphasizes the importance of thoroughly examining the fine print in technology licence agreements.   To illustrate what's at stake, Chris outlines...
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  • CPABC Industry Update
    November 5, 2013
    Davis LLP's Chris Bennett has contributed the article "Are You Prepared for Canada's New Anti-Spam Law?" to the first issue of Industry Update, an online magazine published by the Chartered Professional Accountants of British...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    May 31, 2013
    In the May 31, 2013 issue of The Lawyers Weekly, Davis LLP's Chris Bennett provides an overview of potential consequences for businesses that improperly run online contests. "Legal, PR Costs Price of Breaking Online Contest Rules"...
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  • Davis LLP Privacy Law Bulletin
    March 7, 2013
    As outlined in our May 2011 bulletin "Are You Prepared for Canada's New Anti-Spam Law?", almost every business and organization in Canada will be affected by Canada’s new anti-spam legislation1 (“CASL”), and should be...
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  • Davis LLP Privacy Law Bulletin
    March 7, 2013
    An interesting case is unfolding in Ontario where Megaupload Ltd. (a cloud storage provider) and Equinix Inc. are facing potential seizure orders for data on 32 cloud computing servers located in Canada. Megaupload is alleged to have committed offences...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    November 28, 2012
    Trademark prosecution and enforcement are serious matters. But they can also be a lot of fun. From canned unicorn meat to ice cream to the "iPad" trademark,  Davis LLP intellectual property lawyer Chris Bennett shares a number of prominent...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    September 24, 2012
    Following the Privacy and Communication Directive issued by the European Union on the use of cookies – small pieces of data that are deposited in a user's web browser to track their online activity and behaviour – the United Kingdom...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    June 8, 2012
    How Technology Companies Can Protect Intellectual Property (IP) To remain afloat in an intensely competitive industry, technology companies must take steps to protect their intellectual property assets. In this Lawyers Weekly article, Chris Bennett...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    May 3, 2012
    Pinterest, an online photo-sharing community, has quickly grown into a social media phenomenon. Its explosive popularity has benefited many artists, photographers and businesses by bringing them excellent exposure and referral traffic, but at the same...
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  • Davis LLP Intellectual Property Bulletin
    April 2, 2012
    Effective as of March 28, 2012 the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is accepting applications to register trade-marks consisting of sounds. These applications must contain a description of the sound and an electronic recording of the sound...
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  • Davis LLP Litigation Breakfast Seminar Materials
    November 18, 2011
    Cloud Computing offers companies the promise of convenient, on-demand, scalable network access without the need to maintain expensive internal IT staff and infrastructure. Many companies have jumped at this opportunity and signed cloud computing...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    November 18, 2011
    A company’s most valuable assets are often its technology and the intellectual property rights in that technology. However, these assets could be underutilized or lost if they are not identified and protected. Likewise, they could be undervalued...
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  • The Lawyers Weekly
    September 30, 2011
    This article originally appeared in the September 30, 2011, issue of The Lawyers Weekly published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. If you're reviewing a technology licence agreement for the first time, here are 10 points to consider:
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  • June 3, 2011
    The Lawyers Weekly, June 3, 2011.
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  • Reel West
    January 1, 2011
    R & S:  Do you obtain any trademark protection in a name by incorporating a company with that name (or filing a declaration of partnership for a proprietorship)? No.  Incorporation doesn’t protect the company’s name and...
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Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading lawyer in Information Technology Law, Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Leading lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Leading Practitioner in Computer and IT Law - Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • 2014 World Trademark Review Leading Trademark Professional
  • 2014 Video Games Lawyer of the Year in Canada, Global Law Experts
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada, American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009 Business in Vancouver Forty under 40
  • 2008 Lexpert® Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • Wesbrook Scholar, UBC

Associations

  • Chair, Communications and Public Awareness Sub-Committee, International Trademark Association Pro Bono Committee (2014-present)
  • Member, International Trademark Association Pro Bono Committee (2012-2014)
  • Advisory Board Member, International Legal Technology Standards Organization
  • Advisory Board Member, 2009 Pacific Legal Technology Conference
  • Registered Canadian Trade-mark Agent
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair, Computer Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (2001-2003)
  • Co-instructor, New Media and Law Course, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Affiliate, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Affiliate Member, Canadian Franchise Association
  • Member, International Game Developers Association
  • Member, New Media BC
  • Overseas Member, The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Called to the Bar

  • British Columbia, 1999

Education

  • Advanced Trade-mark Practitioner Course, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, 2002
  • Law clerk at the British Columbia Court of Appeal for the Honourable Mr. Justice Goldie and the Honourable Mr. Justice Hollinrake
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1998
  • B.A., Criminology, Simon Fraser University, 1994

Languages

  • English