Christie Bates 

Christie Bates

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.945.8001
e: christie.bates@mcmillan.ca

overview

Christie is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Group. She is developing a broad practice in intellectual property litigation, as well as in trademark, copyright and patent law. She is active in the emerging cannabis industry, focusing on helping clients learn how to maximize the value of their intangible assets and assert control over the market with intellectual property rights. She is also involved in the McMillan Startups initiative.

Christie joined McMillan in 2015 as a summer student and completed her articles with the firm in 2017. She received a joint Common Law and Civil Law (B.C.L/LL.B) degree from McGill University. While at law school, Christie was the Executive Director of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, the largest student run legal clinic in Canada, which provides bilingual legal information to clients through the work of 150 volunteers drawn from two universities. She also was heavily involved with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Prior to law school, Christie received her Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Political Philosophy and received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in "Ethics, Society & Law" from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

Presentations

Publications

TOP TWELVE THINGS TO KNOW - New Canadian Trademarks Act June 17, 2019
Trademark "Use" in the Normal Course of Trade: Revisited
NAFTA 2.0 (now USMCA) – Intellectual Property Law
Bud Branders (still) Beware: Your Guide for the Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirements
Employers, Entrepreneurs…Get Ready! Cannabis will be Legal in Canada
Amending the Canada Business Corporations Act - Bill C-25 Receives Royal Assent
Canada Announces a National Intellectual Property Strategy
Bud Branders Beware: Proposed Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Requirements Don't Leave Room for Imagination
What's the use? Federal Court revisits the requirements for use of a trademark in association with goods
What You Don't Know About Copyright in Buildings Could Cost You, So Here's What You Need To Know
The Kick that Got the Ball Rolling: Copyright in Architectural Works is Gaining Traction in Canada
The Top 10 Trademark Cases of 2017
"G I didn't know!" is No Excuse: What You Need to Know About the Changes to Geographical Indicators in the Trade-marks Act
Who Can Create Copyrightable Work in Canada? Musings on a Monkey's Selfie
Shifting Gears
The tides are changing for cyber regulation, and you may need to take action in order to stay afloat
Can They Keep a Secret? Competition Bureau Issues Draft Bulletin on Information Requests from Third Parties
The Antitrust Counselor
Broken Break Fee: Investor's Claim for a Break Fee Denied in CCAA Proceeding
Handle With Care: Damages May Be Awarded for Unreasonable Disciplinary Action
Ought We Fear the Time Of Year? Summer Dismissals May Warrant Longer Notice Periods

News

Managing Intellectual Property has once again recognized McMillan LLP among the leading Canadian firms in the 2018 edition of IP Stars

Education

  • McGill University, B.C.L./LL.B - 2016
  • Cambridge University, MPhil - 2012
  • University of Toronto, Trinity College, B.A. (Honours) - 2011

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2017

Practices

intellectual property
intellectual property litigation

Industries

manufacturing, distribution and retail
applied technology
aviation
mining
pharmaceuticals
transportation
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Christie is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Group. She is developing a broad practice in intellectual property litigation, as well as in trademark, copyright and patent law. She is active in the emerging cannabis industry, focusing on helping clients learn how to maximize the value of their intangible assets and assert control over the market with intellectual property rights. She is also involved in the McMillan Startups initiative.

Christie joined McMillan in 2015 as a summer student and completed her articles with the firm in 2017. She received a joint Common Law and Civil Law (B.C.L/LL.B) degree from McGill University. While at law school, Christie was the Executive Director of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, the largest student run legal clinic in Canada, which provides bilingual legal information to clients through the work of 150 volunteers drawn from two universities. She also was heavily involved with Pro Bono Students Canada.

Prior to law school, Christie received her Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Political Philosophy and received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in "Ethics, Society & Law" from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

May 2019
Trademark "Use" in the Normal Course of Trade: Revisited

Intellectual Property Bulletin

October 2018
NAFTA 2.0 (now USMCA) – Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Bulletin

June 2018
Employers, Entrepreneurs…Get Ready! Cannabis will be Legal in Canada

Employment & Labour and Intellectual Property Bulletin

May 2018
Amending the Canada Business Corporations Act - Bill C-25 Receives Royal Assent

Business Law and Capital Markets Bulletin

April 2018
Canada Announces a National Intellectual Property Strategy

Intellectual Property Bulletin

January 2018
The Top 10 Trademark Cases of 2017

Intellectual Property Bulletin

September 2017
Shifting Gears

Cybersecurity Article

March 2017
The Antitrust Counselor

Anti-Trust

February 2017
Broken Break Fee: Investor's Claim for a Break Fee Denied in CCAA Proceeding

Litigation Insolvency and Restructuring Bulletin

May 2019
CLE-TV: Cannabis and Intellectual Property Issues
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC