We are a dedicated team that works together to ensure each and every one of our clients receives the services they need and more at OLLIP P.C. Whether the IP holder or alleged infringer, we work to understand your business goals and needs, to resolve the dispute or litigation quickly and effectively.

Our Professionals

Staff & Administration

  • Bernadette Sisk
  • Amanda St-Amour
  • Mary Gonsalves
  • Ghislaine Lalonde (Financial Administrator)
  • Claudia Pietrulla (Foreign Department)

Bayo Odutola, Managing Principal

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Bayo Odutola has over 25 years of experience practicing intellectual property (IP) law. He handles all aspects of IP litigation (opposition, cancellation/expungement proceedings and domain name disputes), prosecution, acquisition, clearance and advice with a particular emphasis on trademarks, copyright, licensing and technology-related issues. He practices and has appeared before the Canadian Trademarks Office, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Bayo kick-started his legal career at a major global law firm, where he worked on complex litigation matters. Building on these experiences, he launched his own litigation practice, combining his BigLaw exposure with personalized client service. Providing assistance to clients both large and small, he has represented clients from Juno and Academy Award winners to chemical companies, chocolate manufacturers and pizzerias.

Bayo has also negotiated numerous licensing and settlement agreements, ensuring multiple parties can use their IP rights effectively and productively, as well as concluding various trademark and copyright lawsuits well before reaching discovery (or more expensive stages of litigation).  Bayo has worked with clients located in Ottawa, Toronto/the GTA, and across the country. He has also served as Canadian counsel to foreign companies seeking to enforce or defend their IP rights in Canada.

He is certified as a specialist in IP (Trademark/Copyright) Law by the Law Society of Ontario and has served on LSO’s Committee for the Certification of Specialists in Intellectual Property Law.

Memberships

  • Bar of Ontario, 1996
  • Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Ontario – East & North
  • Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)
  • MARQUES, the Association of European Trade Mark Owners
  • European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA)

Credentials

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa, 2003-2004
  • Law Society of Ontario, 1996
  • Registered Trademark Agent, 1996
  • University of Ottawa, LL.B, 1994
  • Université de Lausanne, B.C.L., 1990

Awards

  • Ranked as a top trademark professional in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2014 and 2015 editions)
  • Top Forty under 40 business people by the Ottawa Business Journal

Publications

Karen Hansen, Registered Trademark Agent

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Karen Hansen is a registered trademark agent. She has represented a wide range of clients from individually owned start-up companies to large multi-national corporations. Karen has extensive experience in all proceedings before the Canadian Trademarks Office, including applications to register trademarks, opposition proceedings, Section 45 expungement proceedings, and ownership changes.

In 2019, significant changes were made to Canada’s Trademarks Act, where Karen was invited to speak at Thomson Reuters’ “Fireside Chat” Series, featuring the experts behind its publications. The full chat on how the amended Trademarks Act revolutionized Canada’s IP laws can be found here.

Memberships

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Credentials

  • Registered Trademark Agent, 1983

Julie Daet, Lawyer

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Julie is currently an associate lawyer at OLLIP P.C. Prior to completing her articles with the Firm, Julie received her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Manitoba. Julie also serves as the Firm’s Recruitment Chair for OLLIP P.C.’s summer and articling student programs.

While in law school, she served as Research Assistant for UNB Law’s 1L Legal Advocacy Moot Program, and volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and UNB Student Union’s Legal Information Centre. Committed to gaining further exposure to legal advocacy, she volunteered with the Canadian Qualifying Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition and Regional Qualifying Rounds of the Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy Moot.

Julie has assisted with cross-examinations in matters before the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Federal Court of Canada. She has also acted as co-counsel on applications for judicial review, as well as cases of IP infringement before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.

Representative Work

  • Acted for the Defendants in RallySport Direct LLC v 2424508 Ontario Ltd et al, and assisted in successfully securing summary judgment. RallySport Direct was one of the first Federal Court IP cases applying the principles for summary judgment post-Hryniak, and after the seminal case of Milano Pizza Ltd v 6034799 Canada Inc. RallySport continues to be cited with approval by the Federal Court for the principles of summary judgment. See Utah v Canada (Attorney General) and Winkler v Hendley.
  • Strategized, advised, and made submissions in FCA US LLC (or “Chrysler”) v Pentastar Transportation Ltd.,which clarified evidentiary principles in trademark proceedings, including when evidence is direct/personal knowledge vs hearsay
  • Acted as co-counsel in Pentastar Transport Ltd v FCA US LLC (or “Chrysler”),the leading case on the applicable standard of review in an appeal of a decision of the Registrar of Trademarks, after the Supreme Court of Canada’s sweeping changes to principles of administrative law in Vavilov. Submissions made before the Court were selected for inclusion in Thomson Reuters’ IP Cases Court Precedents and LITIGATOR service.

Memberships

  • Bar of Ontario, 2019
  • County of Carleton Law Association, Ontario & Canadian Bar Associations
  • Career Supports for Articling Students / Young Lawyers Working Group – Young Lawyers’ Division, CBA
  • #LawNeedsWellbeingBecause Campaign Committee Member – Young Lawyers’ Division, CBA

Credentials

  • Law Society of Ontario, 2019
  • Juris Doctor, University of New Brunswick, 2018
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Manitoba, 2014

Kira Berkeley, Lawyer

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Kira is currently an associate lawyer at OLLIP P.C. Prior to articling at the Firm, Kira completed her Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) from York University.

The connection between music and the law sparked Kira’s passion for pursuing intellectual property law. Kira’s diverse prior legal experience includes completing internships for non-profits and law firms in the animal law field and acting as the Vice President of the University of Ottawa’s Animal Justice Association. She also worked as a real estate law clerk for 5 years.

Kira works as part of the Firm’s litigation team, assisting in matters before the Trademarks Opposition Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Domain Name Dispute Resolution Services, Small Claim’s Court, Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Credentials

  • Law Society of Ontario, 2021
  • Juris Doctor, University of Ottawa, 2020 (Cum Laude)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University, 2017 (Summa Cum Laude)

Awards

  • Best Factum Finalist in First-Year Moot Court Competition

Staff & Administration

Behind each of our professionals stands an exemplary team of support and administration staff. Our support staff assist our professionals in all aspects of IP portfolio and litigation management, but also provide our clients with efficient, accessible, and personalized attention, to ensure their IP and businesses receive the protection they deserve. Our team of support staff include:

Claudia Pietrulla

Mary Gonsalves