Joe Abdul-Massih
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4297

Joe advises clients in the technology, life sciences, cannabis and retail industries on commercial, intellectual property, regulatory, privacy and cybersecurity matters.

On the commercial side, Joe assists clients with the drafting of agreements, including shareholder, vendor and equipment manufacturing agreements, term sheets and letters of intent involving private companies. He also conducts intellectual property, privacy and technology due diligence in the context of corporate transactions.

With respect to privacy, cybersecurity and data protection, Joe advises clients on compliance with Canadian privacy law requirements, data breach management, anti-spam legislation and strategic questions such as big data analytics.

Through his intellectual property practice, Joe has developed extensive experience reviewing and drafting commercial agreements for the licensing, purchase, sale, distribution and marketing of technology. He is also involved in filing trademark applications, handling trademark oppositions and coordinating international trademark filings for clients.

As a member of the Blakes Cannabis group, Joe regularly advises applicants, licensed producers and processors, and major Canadian banks and financial institutions on a variety of regulatory and commercial matters under Canada’s Cannabis Act and Quebec’s Cannabis Regulation Act, including processing, licensing and import/export agreements, supply deals, marketing, financing and board liability.

Drawing on his knowledge in microbiology and immunology, Joe also drafts clinical trial and research agreements for pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

He is fluent in French and English and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic.

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: How Smart Is Your Contract? Key Legal Considerations
LEXPERT, April 23, 2019.
Blakes Business Class, March 2019.
Co-author: Smart Contracts: Key Legal Considerations
Ontario Bar Association, February 2019.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: Déjeuner causerie - Légalisation du Cannabis: Enjeux liés à la lutte au blanchiment d’Argent
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Montreal, Quebec, November 19, 2019.
Co-presenter: Cannabis Talk Series: Edibles and Election Edition
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, November 6, 2019.
Speaker: Votre contrat est-il intelligent? Principaux enjeux juridiques
Technology Group Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, October 2, 2019.
Speaker: Circulation transfrontalière des données: Et maintenant, on va où?
Privacy Summit, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, June 4, 2019.
Co-speaker: Insider Secrets to How Hackers Are Getting Into Law Firms
Legal.IT, Montreal, Quebec, March 22, 2019.
Co-speaker: Intellectual Property in Crisis: How to React When Things Go Wrong Online
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, October 17, 2018.
Co-speaker: Mock Data Breach Scenario
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, June 7, 2018.
Co-speaker: Prevent, Preserve and Protect: Mock Breach in the Risky Business of Cybersecurity
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 29, 2018.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Mentioned: Grosse transaction pharmaceutique : qui sont les avocats?
Droit-Inc., November 6, 2019.
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