Me Sébastien Lapointe, Attorney and Trademark Agent

Commercial law with a particular focus on intellectual property and information technology, as well as on law relating to communications,  personal information and other intangibles, including regulatory matters relating to email, spam and software.

Telephone: 514-874-2000, ext. 232
Fax: 514-874-9041
Email: slapointe@holmested.ca

Assistant: Lyne Leblanc

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Spoken and written languages:

French and English

Education

B.C.L. Common law, McGill University,1998
LL.B. Civil Law, McGill University, 1998
B.A. (History), Université de Montréal, 1994

Called to the Bar

Québec – 2000

Professional experience

Me Lapointe spent the first three years of his career in a boutique firm, providing legal services almost exclusively to small and medium sized IT companies. He joined Holmested & Associés in 2002. He now counsels businesses as to issues relating to their holding, management and use of intangibles, including intellectual property assets (such as copyrighted works, trademarks and inventions), technologies, as well as confidential and personal information. He also assists and advises clients as to the legal framework that applies, in Canada, to technology, software and electronic communications.

Professional activities and associations

Québec Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Trademarks Agent (Canadian Intellectual Property Office)
Member of bank of speakers put together by CIPO
Former Chair of the Internet Committee of the Intellectual Property Insitute of Canada (“IPIC”)
Member of the Information, Communication & Technology Committee of IPIC
Member of the Artificial Intelligence Committee of IPIC
Member of the board of directors of the Canadian Technology Law Association (“CAN-TECH”)
Co-Chair of the 2019 Can-Tech Law Annual Conference
Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”)

Publications

CASL, PIPEDA & compagnie” (Information as to Canadian laws regarding personal information, software, the Internet and email), 2015 to present.

Commentaire sur la décision Cosmetic Warriors Limited v. Riches, McKenzie & Herbert LLP ” – The absence of profits on the sale of promotional merchandise does not necessarily prevent said sales from supporting a claim as to use of a trademark shown on such merchandise, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2793, July 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Seara Alimentos Ltda. v. Amira Enterprises Inc. ” – The Federal Court of Appeal reformulates the test as to allowing introduction of new evidence on appeal of a trademark opposition decision, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2785, June 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Pageau c. Cruiseshopping.com” – Even if operating outside Québec, merchants selling to consumers located within the province must avoid doing so at prices exceeding those advertised online, including cruises and options relating thereto, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2788, June 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Thomson c. Afterlife Network Inc.” – Unauthorized republication of necrological notices online infringe copyrights of the author but not her moral rights, under the circumstances, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2776, June 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Guimont c. Bussières” – The Press Act does not apply to Web sites nor to social networks, even when reporting news, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2773, June 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Syndicat démocratique des salarié(e)s de la Résidence St-Jude (CSD) et Résidence St-Jude (9210-9719 Québec inc.)” – An arbitration tribunal confirms the termination of an employee who had criticized the employer through Facebook, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019BRH2171, June 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Société Radio-Canada c. Registraire des entreprises” – The Québec Registrar of companies (REQ) is not legally required to afford access to the data in its database so as to allow searches to determine which businesses any given individual is involved in, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2748, May 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Ville de Saint-Eustache c. Lehoux” – A mere electronic copy of a proof of insurance document does not satisfy the requirements of the (Québec) Highway Safety Code, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2739, May 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Ville de Rosemère c. Poulin” – A municipal court finds a driver guilty of driving while using an electronic device because he was “using” one to hold a conversation while the device was held by his spouse, sitting in the passenger seat, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2734, May 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Sadhu Singh Hamdard Trust c. Navsun Holdings Ltd.” – The Federal Court  of Appeal confirms the rejection of a trademark application as to an international brand the distinctive character of which was destroyed in Canada by its concurrent use by at least two different entities over a long period, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2733, May 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision 9147-0732 Québec inc. c. Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales” – The Court  of Appeal of Quebec allows a corporation the benefit from the right against cruel and unusual punishment as to a statutory penalty, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2731, April 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision ME2 Productions Inc. c. Doe” – The Federal Court invalidates a Norwich order previously granted against an Internet service provider, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2727, May 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision ME2 Productions Inc. c. Doe” – The Federal Court invalidates a Norwich order previously granted against an Internet service provider, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2727, April 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited c. Philip Morris Brands” – The Federal Court invalidates several decisions that had rejected oppositions  against trademark applications as to geometric designs because of the probable confusion with the word mark MARLBORO, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2725, April 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Collett c. Northland Art Company Canada Inc. – Granting of statutory damages as well as punitive damages in connection with the infringement of copyrights in several photographs, some of which were falsely attributed to certain third-party authors, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2729, April 2019.

“Commentaire sur la décision Riches, McKenzie & Herbert LLP et Cosmetic Warriors Ltd – No use of a trademark through mere showing thereof on t-shirts sold to employees, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2696, March 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Arrangement relatif à Groupe SMI Inc.” – The transferee of a contract pursuant to arrangement with creditors legislation is not necessarily subject to penalties incurred in the past in connection with such an agreement, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2674, March 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Holding Benjamin et Edmond de Rothschild c. Procureur général du Canada – A letter of consent executed by a third-party owner of a trademark cited as being confusing with an applicant’s does not bind the Registrar of trademarks, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2697, March 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Pyrrha Design Inc. v. Plum and Posey Inc. – Rejection of a copyright infringement suit against a jewelry designer, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2703, March 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision P.S. Knight Co. Ltd. c. Canadian Standards Association – The text describing standards adopted by reference in governmental regulations do remain protected by copyrights, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2019REP2682, February 2019.

Commentaire sur la décision Autorité des marchés financiers c. PlexCorps – Confirmation that, given the circumstances, the offer of PlexCoin cryptocurrency involved the distribution of securities, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2605, October 2018.

Commentaire sur la décision Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP c. Miller Thomson” – The Federal Court reverses the Registrar’s decision to strike a trademark registration in association with hotel services, notwithstanding the registrant’s failure to operate any hotels in Canada in association with the mark at issue, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2571, October 2018.

Chronique – Le régime juridique applicable aux renseignements personnels au Canada, La Référence (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2518, August 2018.

Chronique – Défis liés à la gestion d’un portefeuille de marques de commerce à l’international“, La Référence (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2527, August 2018.

Chronique – Le concept de la licence de propriété intellectuelle“, La Référence (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2514, July 2018.

Chronique – La refonte du système canadien d’enregistrement des marques de commerce 2018-2019“, La Référence (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2498, June 2018.

Commentaire sur la décision Group III International Ltd. v. Travelway Group International Ltd. The Federal Court of Appeal finds infringement of a trademark notwithstanding the defendant owning trademark registrations as to the trademarks that it used, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2018REP2400, February 2018.

Commentaire sur la décision 9248-9533 Québec inc. c. Industries Désormeau inc.” – The Superior Court holds that cybersquatting may be considered a civil fault under the Civil Code of Québec, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2017REP2366, December 2017.

Commentaire sur la décision Demers c. Yahoo! Inc. –The Superior Court refuses to decline jurisdiction as to a request to certify a class action against a provider of free on-line services, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2017REP2362, November 2017.

Commentaire sur la décision Éditions Québec Amérique inc. c. Druide Informatique inc.” – Integrating in one’s software images, terms, definitions and pronunciations from a third party’s work violates copyrights, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2017REP2338, October 2017.

Commentaire sur la décision Banque Royale du Canada c. Trang” – Debtors may implicitly accept eventual disclosure of some of their personal information by creditors in case of default, including if a security was taken against their assets, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2017REP2111, December 2016.

Chronique – L’inconfortable cohabitation des marques de commerce et des réseaux sociaux“, La Référence, EYB2016REP2045, September 2016.

Commentaire sur la décision Maison St-Patrice inc. et Cusson” – Rejection of evidence taken from Facebook because of a violation of the employee’s right to privacy, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2016REP1961, June 2016.

Commentaire sur la décision Diesel s.p.a. c. Benisti Import-Export inc.” – Infringement of a visually very similar design trademark notwithstanding very different words contained therein, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2016REP1913, April 2016.

Commentaire sur la décision Société Radio-Canada c. SODRAC 2003 Inc.” – Copies made in the context of broadcasting still imply an obligation to pay royalties, the amount of which should take into account the new factors adopted by the Supreme Court of Canada, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2016REP1846, January 2016.

Commentaire sur la décision Warner Chappell Music France c. Beaulne” – The duty of good faith of a contractor in the context of a contract given a party the right to be consulted by the other prior to taking certain decisions, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2015REP1816, November 2015.

Commentaire sur la décision Vidéotron, s.e.n.c. c. Bell Canada », La Référence” – Rejection of an injunction against Bell and relating to its “100% Fiber” marketing campaign, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2015REP1723, June 2015.

Commentaire sur la décision Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd. c. Bertico inc.”  – The Court of Appeal confirms that the cause at issue qualified as sufficiently important to justify the granting of certain special fees, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2015REP1728, June 2015.

Commentaire sur la décision Dunkin’ Brands Canada Ltd. c. Bertico inc.”  – The Court of Appeals confirms the existence of an implicit obligation for franchisors under Québec law, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2015REP1727, June 2015.

Commentaire sur la décision Investissements Novacap inc. c. Vidéotron, s.e.n.c.” – Damages awarded because of the termination of an offer to purchase a business, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2015REP1666, March 2015.

Commentaire sur la décision Billards Dooly’s inc. c. Entreprises Prébour ltée”  – Abusive termination of related agreements in a  franchise context, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters) EYB2014REP1540, June 2014.

Commentaire sur la décision Soltron Realty, lp c. MTY Tiki Ming Enterprises Inc.” – Obligation to keep operating stipulated in a commercial lease found non-executory, in the context of a premilinary injunction, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2013REP1340, April 2013.

Commentaire sur la décision Max Aviation inc. c. Développement de l’aéroport Saint-Hubert de Longueuil (DASH-L)” – Modifications allowed to regulations applied by an airport, notwithstanding the content of certain leases previously granted to users of the airport, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2013REP1444, December 2013.

Commentaire sur la décision Martineau c. Société Canadian Tire limitée”  – When a franchisor may have the right to make incursions in the territory of a franchisee, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2012REP1133, January 2012.

Commentaire sur la décision Déjà Musique inc. c. Raymond ” – Noise complaints, vibrations, withholding of rent and rental taxes, Repères (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2012REP1153, March 2012.

Chronique – Droit québécois et franchises : particularités « locales » que tout nouveau franchiseur doit garder à l’esprit “, La Référence (Éditions Yvon Blais/Thomson Reuters), EYB2012REP1134, February 2012.

Divulgation obligatoire : quand la détention de renseignements oblige les entreprises à divulguer leurs problèmes de sécurité“, SÉCUS magazine, September 2009.

Gone Phishing“, co-written with S. Jones, IPIC Bulletin, Vol. 272, August 2005,  p. 9.

Technologies et surveillance des employés : Jusqu’où peut aller l’employeur?“, L’info Québec magazine, Vol. 27, No. 5, Feb. 2003.

Votre FSI pourrait-il bientôt vous épier?, L’info Québec magazine, Vol. 27, No. 3, Nov. 2002.

Electronic Interception and Seizure Amendments Proposed, The Computer Law Association Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2002.

Plus que prévu ! Évolution des pratiques du Bureau des marques de commerce en matière de logiciel et technologies de l’information“, co-written with M. Solis and A. Poulin, Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle, Vol. 14, No.1, July 2001, p. 363.

Votre PME et le droit, 3e Éd., book co-written with M. Solis and A. Poulin, Éd. Transcontinental, 2001.

Réflexions sur l’application des garanties aux logiciels en droit civil québécois“, co-written with M. Solis, Revue du Barreau, Vol. 59, fall 1999, p. 393.

Lectureships

Workshop, WeWork L’Avenue (June 5, 2019) – WeWork, Your Works? I.P. Workshop for Startups and Freelancers.

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (November 13, 2018) – Smart Contracts: the Technology and the Law [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (November 6, 2018) – Blockchains,  Cryptocurrencies and the Law [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (October 3, 2018) –  Artificial Intelligence and the Law  [in French].

Conference given in the context of the 8e Colloque sur la chaîne d’approvisionnement (September 27, 2018) – Challenges and Risks Associated with the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence, Including as to Supply Chains [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (May 10, 2018) – The ABCs of the Creation and Maintenance of a Professional Blog [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (March 21, 2017) – Tips and Tricks to Increase Your Productivity and Optimize Use of your Time Through Technolology [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (January 24, 2017) – Managing Your Practice in the Digital Age : How to Set it Up and Rely Less on Paper [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (April 6, 2016) – Cybersecurity and the Law: What Every Law Practitioner Should Know [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar  (February 17, 2016) – Legal Aspects of Mobile Communications and Wearable Technology [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (January 20, 2016) – Challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the law, including as to individuals’ rights and security [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (September 30, 2015) – Bill S-4 and Changes to the PIPEDA Statute Relating to Personal Information in the Digital Age [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar  (March 18, 2015) – Cyberbullying and Cybersurveillance of Canadians: Changes Proposed by Bill C-13 [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters)Webinar  Webinar (February 18, 2015) – Impact of Bill C-31 on Canadian Trademark Law [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais Webinar (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (November 12, 2014) – Legal Implications of Content Sharing in Web 2.0 Culture [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais Webinar (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (October 16, 2014) – I.P. Licenses 101 : What Every Attorney Should Know About Agreements Allowing One Party to Use the Intellectual Property of Another [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais Webinar (March 18, 2014) – Copyrights in an Era of Digital Content: Modifications Brought on by Bill C-11 [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (February 20, 2014) – Protection of intellectual property in Canada : Modifications proposed by the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (C-8) [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (September 24, 2013) – Domains, Domain Names and Trademarks on the Internet [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (March 12, 2013) – Legal Considerations relating to Cloud Computing by Individuals and Businesses [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (February 12, 2013) – The New Canada Anti-Spam Legislation, Its Rules, Its Exceptions, How the Statute is Organized and the Difficulties to expect for Businesses Trying to Abide by its Rules [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (October 17, 2012) – Right of publicity and privacy in the Era of social networks: Did the Internet kill privacy and the right of individuals to control use of their image? [in French].

Éditions Yvon Blais (Thomson Reuters) Webinar (June 13, 2012) – Introduction to Franchising Law [in French].

Conference given for CIPO – Saint-Laurent Cegep (March 27, 2012) –  Seminar on the basics of intellectual property [in French].

Conference given for Legal.IT (April 27, 2010) – Legal Cloud Computing: Concepts and Ramifications.

Conference given for CIPO – National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show (April 26, 2009) –  Seminar on the basics of intellectual property [in French].

Conference given for CIPO – National Franchise & Business Opportunities Show (November 6, 2004) –  Seminar on the basics of intellectual property [in French].

Conference given for It.can (October 14, 2003) – Presentation regarding Legal Issues and Risks Associated with Open Source [in French].