Lawyer, Trademark Agent - Montréal
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).
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Université de Montréal, 2012
Bachelor of Business Administration, HEC, Montréal, 2009
Areas of Practice
Trademark Portfolio Management
Manages Canadian and international trademark portfolios comprising hundreds of applications and registrations for many local and international corporations, ranging from small and medium enterprises to multinationals operating in various fields including security, technology and software, alcoholic beverages, agri-food, construction materials, cosmetics, real estate, and official marks for cities, professional orders and other public authorities.
Advises and drafts opinions on trademark availability, validity and protection.
Commercial Law – Trademarks and Copyright
Advised and represented a buyer regarding the establishment of transitional trademark licence agreements in the context of a business acquisition.
Advised and represented a Montréal university health centre in the implementation of an internal policy on copyright administration and the drafting of licence agreements and copyright assignments.
Litigation – Intellectual Property
Defended the Canadian subsidiary of a global real estate brokerage before the Superior Court in a dispute alleging the infringement of a competitor’s trademarks.
Represented a Quebec-based commercial radio station in an action to oppose a trademark application likely to cause confusion.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Advised and drafted contracts in connection with the sale of assets in Quebec of Medican Organic Inc., a subsidiary of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd., a leader in the production of organic cannabis. The transaction included farmland, greenhouses and other buildings as well as specialized equipment for cannabis cultivation.
- 2023 – Litigation and the risks of media coverage
- 2023 – Trademark owners: Get ready for the changes to the Charter of the French language
- 2023 – Hermès wins first round in NFT intellectual property battle
- 2022 – Do professional bodies have control over copyrighted material?
- 2022 – The Charter of the French Language and commercial display of your trademarks: major changes ahead
- 2022 – Top 5 reasons to register your trademark
- 2021 – How to register your trademark in Canada
- 2021 – Is my trademark registrable in Canada?
- 2021 – How to make noise with your non-traditional trademark application
- 2021 – CUSMA: A wind of change in copyright
- 2021 – Amendments to the Charter of the French Language: have you registered your commercial signage?
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.
2023 – “L’aspect juridique du branding : comment choisir une marque forte”, Langlois Lawyers, July 12, 2023.
Since 2020 – Member of the Litigation Committee, IPIC
Since 2019 – Member of the Legislative & Legislative Copyright Committee, INTA
Young Bar of Montréal (YBM)
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Regroupement des praticiens en marques de commerce (RPM)