Yann Canneva

Lawyer, Trademark Agent - Montréal

Québec Bar 2014
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Yann Canneva is a lawyer and trademark agent in Langlois Lawyers’ Montréal office. He handles a wide variety of intellectual property matters including managing trademark, industrial design and copyright portfolios and the registration of such rights. He is specialized in implementing strategies for the acquisition, protection and defence of intellectual property rights, as well as in IP litigation.

Yann also practises commercial and corporate law, advising clients on intellectual property issues linked to transactions and contract negotiations.

He first completed studies at HEC Montréal in 2009, majoring in Finance. In 2007, he studied business administration in France through an exchange program at IAE Aix-en-Provence. He then attended the Université de Montréal where he studied law.

Before joining Langlois, Yann spent seven years, practising at a regional boutique law firm specialized in intellectual property and civil and commercial litigation.

Yann is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Representative Work

Trademark Portfolio Management

Management of a trademark portfolio constituted of hundreds of applications and registrations for many local and international corporations, both small and medium enterprises and multinationals working in various fields: technology and software, food industry and processed products, alcoholic beverages, construction materials, cosmetics, real estate, official marks for cities, professional orders and other public authorities.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Advising and representing a buyer in the context of a business acquisition regarding the protection of the trademarks covered by the transaction and the impact of the use of the seller’s personal name as a trademark.

Advising and drafting of contracts in connection with the sale of assets in Québec of Medican Organic Inc., a subsidiary of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., a leader in the production of organic cannabis. The transaction included, in particular, farmland, greenhouses and other buildings as well as equipment specialized in the cultivation of cannabis.

Trademark Litigation

Representation of the defendant in a trademark infringement action brought in Federal Court based on the alleged confusion created by the labeling and packaging of the products sold by the customer.

Commercial Law

Advising and representing a Montréal company in the field of high technology and virtual reality. Drafting of various distribution and reseller agreements specifically adapted to the services offered by the customer.

Copyright Litigation

Representation of the plaintiff in an action for copyright infringement and depreciation of goodwill, the defendant having fully reproduced the image of its competitor’s product as part of a comparative advertising campaign.




Other Publications

2023 – “Commentaire sur la décision Société canadienne des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique c. Entertainment Software Association – Musique diffusée en continu, passez GO, mais juste une fois”, Repères, January 2023, EYB2023REP3563.

2022 – “Brouiller les frontières entre histoire et fiction : un commentaire sur l’arrêt Winkler c. Hendley“, Les Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, Éditions Yvon Blais, Volume 34, No. 1, January 2022, coauthored with Georgina Hartono.

2021 – “Commentaire sur la décision Université York c. Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) – Retour du balancier en faveur des utilisateurs de matériel pédagogique” Repères, December 2021, EYB2021REP3385, coauthored with Antoine Hamel Rancourt and Charles Lapointe.

2021 –  “Décisions en matière de marques de commerce – 2020 en cinq temps” [a five-step guide to 2020 trademark court judgements in] Les Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, Volume 33, No. 2, coauthored with Bruno Barrette. 


Since 2020 – Member of the Litigation Committee, IPIC

Since 2019 – Member of the Legislative & Legislative Copyright Committee, INTA

Professional Associations

Young Bar of Montréal (YBM)

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Regroupement des praticiens en marques de commerce (RPM)

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