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.
In The Media
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 promotional contest laws and drafting contest rules and waivers
establishing and protecting internet-based businesses, franchise systems and other distribution systems
Chris was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as a leading lawyer in Information Technology Law, and by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Practitioner in Computer and IT Law. He is also AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Professional Associations & Activities
- Committee Member, International Trademark Association Pro Bono Committee
- 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
In The News
The legal industry has yet to create regulatory standards for cloud service providers; as such, lawyers currently looking to store client data in the cloud must be vigilant when examining a provider's [more]
Source: The Lawyers Weekly
Chris Bennett, head of the Davis LLP IT Law Group and Trade-marks Law Group, is featured in the International Trademark Association's Pro Bono Spotlight series for providing ongoing pro bono intellectual [more]
Source: International Trademark Association
Davis LLP intellectual property lawyer Chris Bennett was interviewed for a story in the November 9, 2012 issue of The Lawyers Weekly on trademark protection.
The article "Trademark Clearinghouse [more]
Source: The Lawyers Weekly
Davis LLP is pleased to announce that, continuing the firm's tradition of excellence, 33 of our lawyers have recently been selected by their peers for inclusion in the list of Best Lawyers in Canada [more]
Chris Bennett advises business users of mobile and digital technology to take due care in protecting their data.
Mobile and digital technology has made business communication faster and easier than [more]
Source: Lawyer's Weekly
Continuing the tradition of excellence at Davis LLP, 32 lawyers have been named top practitioners in Canada by Lexpert
Davis LLP is pleased to announce that 32 of the firm's lawyers have been [more]
Intellectual Property lawyer Chris Bennett shares his expertise on trademark protection and domain name dispute resolution in the latest issue of In-House Counsel magazine.
In the aricle "What's [more]
Source: In-House Counsel Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2012
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article by Lawyers Weekly [more]
Source: Lawyers Weekly
Chris Bennett was quoted in this article by Canadian Lawyer [more]
Source: Canadian Lawyer
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article about the dot-xxx domain name first published in Business in Vancouver, June 28-July 4, 2011.
Read the article: Keep your brand out of the Internet's red-light [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published on Global Winnipeg, Monday, June 27, 2011.
The article reports how Canadian law differs after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a law banning [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this Lawyers Weekly article first published February 4, 2011. [more]
As the first Canadian law firm to launch a practice group dedicated entirely to video game law, it is no surprise Davis was recently selected as one of the top 30 firms with a video game specialty practice [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first publised in the Lawyers Weekly, August 2010. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in the Lawyers Weekly, June 11, 2010.
Read Legal blogs that work online. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in Business in Vancouver, May 4-10, 2010. [more]
January 6, 2010: In an article on the Globe and Mail Law Page about online blogging, Chris Bennett discusses Davis' active online presence. Quoted from the article: "Unlike Ogilvy, some large [more]
Business in Vancouver (BIV) recently released the names of forty up-and-coming business leaders for 2009 and Davis LLP's Chris Bennett is on the list. Chris received accolades for spearheading one [more]
Vancouver - The BC Court of Appeal delivered its decision November 13th on whether or not the female ski jumping event should be included in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Court ruled against inclusion, [more]
Chris Bennett is quote in this article about Vancouver game developers first published in Business in Vancouver, November 17-23, 2009. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in Bartalk (The Canadian Bar Association), December 2009.
Read How Technology Impacts Privacy online. [more]
On August 12, 2009, the Canada Line Rapid Transit Project formally achieved Service Commencement, a significant milestone in the Project's development, approximately three and a half months ahead [more]
Gift cards have become wildly popular in Canada. Their main appeal is that they make easy gifts: they're compact, lightweight, and flexible. They're available in a wide range of retail outlets, [more]
Chris Bennett is quote a Business in Vancouver article on the Vancouver Video Game Industry, first published February 10-16, 2009. [more]
Quoted in this article first published in ABA Law Practice, January/February 2009. [more]
Vancouver, BC, November 25, 2008 - Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Chris Bennett, a partner in the Vancouver office, was selected as one of the Lexpert® Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under [more]
The November 2008 edition of develop Magazine, a UK-based video game industry publication, features an editorial about our dedicated video game law department, comprised of a group of lawyers from across [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in the CBA PracticeLink, September 2008.
Read Practicing Law with SaaS online. [more]
Lauren Groves, daughter of Vancouver partner Robert Groves, has recently been featured on the cover of the May/June 2008 issue of Triathlon Canada magazine as part of their "Olympic Team Preview" [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article, first published in Business in Vancouver, April 29, 2008. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this Business in Vancouver article commenting on the new .asia internet domain that will assist businesses in gaining new internet traffic, but which also must be secured before [more]
Source: Business in Vancouver
Chris Bennett provides commentary on the role of law firms in virtual worlds. Davis LLP is the first Canadian law firm to open an office in the online virtual realm of Second Life, created and operated [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in the Financial Post, March 12, 2008. [more]
First published in Bartalk, February, 2008 By Patricia Jordan
Building Your Blawg and Driving Traffic to Your Site
Now that you have decided to create a blawg, there are a few matters to consider [more]
Business in Vancouver February 5-11, 2008; issue 954 | Andrew Petrozzi
Courts wrestle with virtual assets
The status of virtual assets acquired in online video games remains a virtual unknown [more]
Davis is featured in this article published in Develop magazine, November 2008.
Download a PDF of the article: 10 of th the Best Games Companies in Canada. [more]
Chris Bennett's flourishing Video Games & Interactive Entertainment Law practice is highlighted in the "Job Shadow" feature in the December 2007 Financial Post Business magazine.
November 26, 2007: Today, Davis LLP’s Video Game Law Blog celebrates its third birthday. Since its inception in 2004, the blog has been a vehicle for members of the Davis LLP Video Games & [more]
Chris Bennet is quoted about the Davis LLP Second Life office in this article, first published in The Voice, October 25, 2007.
Download the PDF to read the full article. [more]
Davis LLP is excited to be the first Canadian law firm to open an office in Second Life. Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, [more]
Chris Bennett is featured in this article first published in the the National, July/August 2007.
Imagine your name is Space Razor. You’re a starship pilot who has achieved fame and fortune [more]
First published in The Vancouver Sun, July 27, 2007 | Marke Andrews
You know a young industry has reached adulthood when lawyers specialize in the field.
Chris Bennett is one of a growing number [more]
First published in The Lawyers Weekly, July 13, 2007
At the relatively young age of 35, Chris Bennett has been made partner of Davis LLP. Bennett turned an obsession for video games into a distinctive [more]
First published in Vancouver Sun, July 18, 2007 | Fiona Anderson
Chris Bennett, based in the Vancouver office of Davis LLP, is an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer, and head of the firm's [more]
Chris Bennett of the Davis LLP Vancouver office won the "Honouring Excellence in Legal Marketing" (HELM) Young Lawyer Award at the awards event held by the Vancouver chapter of the Legal Marketing [more]
Doug Buchanan, National Managing Partner at Davis LLP, is pleased to announce that Chris Bennett has joined the partnership.
Chris, who joined Davis in 2000, is the head of the firm's Trade-marks [more]
Chris Bennett and David Spratley spoke with programmers, artists, game designers, producers and studio leads on the topic of law in the video game industry.
The workshop provided a general overview [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published by CBC, December 20, 2007.
Read Virtual Worlds online. [more]
Chris Bennett was a special guest on CBC Radio One, discussing the legal issues surrounding massively multiplayer online video games, November 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in The Lawyers Weekly, September 7, 2007.
Read Lawyers hang their virtual shingles online in Second Life. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in this CBA National magazine article on video game law, August 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in this Edge magazine article on game patents and copyrights, August 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this BC Business article first published July 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in The Lawyers Weekly, February 24, 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted articles regarding the use of Red Cross Trade-marks in video games published in Vancouver Sun, National Post, Calgary Herald and Ottawa Citizen, February 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in CBALink, February 2006. [more]
Le blogue de Davis traitant des lois régissant les jeux vidéo et auquel contribuent Chris Bennett, David Spratley, Pablo Guzman, et Tudor Carsten, s’est vu décerner le « [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article first published in Backbone Magazine, November 2006. [more]
Chris Bennett is quoted in this article regarding employee overtime in the video game industry published in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail, October 2005. [more]
The Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Transportation and the BC Transportation Financing Authority) and the Okanagan Lake Concession Limited Partnership, a sole purpose limited partnership established [more]
Chris Bennett was a special guest on 640 Toronto, Mojo Radio discussing video game legislation, July 2005. [more]
Harman Canada Co., a subsidiary of Harman International Industries, Inc. acquired QNX Software Systems Ltd. for a purchase price of US$138 million.
QNX is a world leader in the development, licensing [more]
- American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Canada
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as a leading lawyer in Information Technology Law
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Leading Practitioner in Computer and IT Law - Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- 2009 Business in Vancouver Forty under 40
- 2008 Lexpert® Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
- Wesbrook Scholar