Trent Horne practises in all areas of intellectual property. He has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in intellectual property law: patent/trademark/copyright and has appeared as counsel in numerous trials and appeals.
The technologies involved in Trent's patent litigation practice have included genetically modified plants, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, microwave transmission devices, vehicle suspensions, electric fireplaces, medical devices and manufacturing equipment.
Trent has also acted as counsel at trials and appeals in matters relating to trademarks and copyright. He is a registered trademark agent in Canada and is involved in trademark prosecution, summary cancellation and opposition proceedings.
Trent teaches the Litigation course for the Intellectual Property LLM Program at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has also given lectures at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Waterloo.
In addition to writing papers and giving presentations on topics relating to intellectual property and advocacy, Trent is a contributing author to the looseleaf publication Federal Courts of Canada Service and the text Federal Courts Practice. He has also contributed to the Canadian Commercial Law Guide and Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies.
He is a member of the Federal Courts Rules Committee, the Advocates' Society, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (serving as chair of its Litigation committee), and the Canadian Bar Association (serving on its Trade-marks and Federal Court IP Practice Committees).
- The Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Canada's preeminent association of intellectual property professionals, as an intervener in the Federal Court of Appeal. The case involved a novel legal issue as to whether non-compliance with the Public Servants Inventions Act can be grounds to invalidate a patent. IPIC successfully argued that the validity of a patent can only be judged against what the Patent Act and Patent Rules require; an earlier order granting summary judgment was set aside in its entirety. Brown v Canada, 2016 FCA 37
- Gary Gurmukh Sales Ltd. in connection with successful enforcement of trade-mark rights relating to souvenir merchandise. In addition to obtaining an injunction, order for delivery up, damages and costs, the respondent's claim that the trade-marks were invalid was dismissed. Gary Gurmukh Sales Ltd. v. Quality Goods IMD Inc. 2014 FC 437 Read more
- Research In Motion Limited (RIM) in successfully defeating an application for damages and an injunction relating to RIM's use of BBM in association with its BlackBerry Messenger service. BBM Canada claimed trade-mark infringement, passing off and depreciation of goodwill against RIM. All claims against RIM were dismissed, with costs awarded to RIM. BBM Canada v. Research In Motion Limited, 2012 FC 666.
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