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Sheldon Burshtein

Sheldon Burshtein
Sheldon Burshtein Senior Counsel | Toronto
Awards & Recognition

Sheldon has been recognized as a leader in his fields by numerous Canadian and international publications, in most cases continuously since inception of the ranking, including the following:

  • The American Lawyer/Martindale-Hubbell: Canada's Top Rated Lawyers

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law) and Best Lawyers' 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Intellectual Property Law in Toronto

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Intellectual Property, Technology Transactions, Computer & IT Law and Biotechnology)

  • Chambers Canada (Life Sciences, Patents and Trademarks)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Intellectual Property)

  • IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers

  • IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners

  • The Legal 500 Canada (Intellectual Property)

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (Information Technology)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • Managing Intellectual Property's World's Leading Copyright Experts (he has been recognized as "the foremost copyright expert in Canada")

  • Managing Intellectual Property's World's Leading Patent Experts

  • Managing Intellectual Property's World's Leading Trade Mark Experts

  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences (Transactional)

  • Who's Who Legal: Patents and Patent Agents (He has been recognized as "the most frequently named Canadian patent lawyer")

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Trademarks

  • Who's Who Legal: Trademarks (he has been ranked among the top 10 trade-mark lawyers in the world on several occasions)

  • World Intellectual Property Leader (Patents, Tech/Electronics, Trademarks)

  • WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals

Professional Activities

Sheldon lectures at the McGill University/Intellectual Property Institute of Canada courses on trade-marks and copyright. He lectures in the intellectual property and technology intensive program at Osgoode Hall Law School and has also taught in Osgoode's e-commerce and intellectual property LL.M. programs, as well as the LL.M. intensive program in business law.

Sheldon has authored several texts, including The Law of Domain Names and Trade-marks on the Internet (three volumes), The Canadian Corporate Counsel Guide to Intellectual Property Law and Patent Your Own Invention in Canada. He has also co-authored several other books, including The Use of Another's Trademark, Intellectual Property Assets in Mergers and Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Disputes; Resolutions and Remedies and the Canadian Copyright/Industrial Designs Benchbook.

Sheldon has been a regular columnist in numerous IP publications and currently authors a column on "Licensing Fundamentals" in World Intellectual Property Report. He has also drafted sections of Canada's Copyright Act and has authored hundreds of papers and articles on IP.

Sheldon is a member of several IP dispute resolution panels, including IP Neutrals of Canada. He is also active in many professional organizations in the IP and technology fields. He currently sits on the editorial board of The Trademark Reporter, among other boards and committees.

Certified Licensing Professional - 2008, renewed 2011, 2014
Certified Specialist, Intellectual Property (Patent, Trade-mark and Copyright) Law - 1994, renewed 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014
Registered Patent Agent, Canada - 1987
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Patents (Canadian Applicants) - 1987
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Trademarks (Canadian Applicants) - 1982
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1980
Registered Trade-mark Agent, Canada - 1980
Registered Professional Engineer (Ontario) - 1980
LL.B., McGill University - 1978
B.C.L., McGill University - 1977
B. (Civ.) Eng., McGill University - 1974

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