Barry Fong

Barry Fong

Partner, Intellectual Property

Contact Information

tel: 613.787.1097



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2010


  • Western University, J.D. (Area of Concentration in Intellectual Property, Information & Technology Law)
  • Western University,  M.Sc. (Physiology)
  • Western University, B.Sc. (Hons.) (Pharmacology and Toxicology)



Barry practises intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright, trademarks, domain names, and anti-counterfeiting enforcement. Clients have praised him as a “solutions-oriented lawyer distinguished by thoroughness and flexible decision making” (2021 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000).

In his copyright practice, Barry acts on behalf of rights holders and users engaged in litigation, administrative proceedings, and commercial matters involving complex issues of copyright law, including the educational use of copyright-protected works, the use of music for public performances, artists’ exhibition and reproduction rights and the provision of professional services in the visual arts.

Barry is also a registered trademark agent and advises domestic and foreign clients on trademark clearance, prosecution, opposition, acquisition, licensing, and litigation. He represents owners of some of the most recognized Canadian and international brands across a broad range of industries, including fashion, hospitality, media & entertainment, wine & spirits, pharmaceuticals, and professional sports.

As a litigator and advocate, Barry has acted or appeared as counsel before the Copyright Board of Canada, Trademarks Opposition Board, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. Barry’s experience also includes a secondment as Associate Counsel to Re:Sound, the Canadian not-for-profit collective society representing thousands of artists and record companies.

Barry has co-authored several publications and is a frequent speaker in the areas of trademarks and copyright law. He has been recognized as a leading IP professional in Canada by: The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Best Lawyers in Canada; IP STARS; World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000; and the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders Directory, which recognizes lawyers who – in addition to industry expertise – have helped shape and influence future IP practitioners.

Barry is a member of Osler’s Diversity Committee, committed to promoting diversity and inclusion at the firm and in the legal profession. He is an avid supporter of the visual arts in his community, currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board to the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) and on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Intellectual Property
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Intellectual Property Law
  • World Intellectual Property Review: Recognized as a Trademark Leader
  • World Trademark Review: WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals: Recognized in Prosecution and Strategy (Silver band)
    • “solutions-oriented lawyer distinguished by thoroughness and flexible decision making.”
    • “come highly recommended for any work dealing with trademark prosecution and enforcement."
  • Managing Intellectual Property: Recognized as a Rising Star

  • IPIC 2021 Virtual Innovation & IP: Keys to Unlocking Economic Renewal - Google and Alphabet Soup

    Moderator, October 15, 2021

  • Year in Review in IP Law

    Moderator, Trademark Law Update, February 12, 2021

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) 2020 Virtual Conference

    Moderator, October 1 - 2, 2020

  • 2019 CAN-TECH Annual Conference

    Panelist, "Intellectual Property Update for Technology Law Practitioners: Copyright Update", Toronto, October 28, 2019

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) 93rd Annual Conference

    Moderator, Trademarks Panel: "Budding Issues in Cannabis IP Protection, Product Branding and the 'Green Rush'", Gatineau, September 26, 2019

  • International Trademark Association (INTA) Young Practitioners & Trademark Administrators Roundtable

    Moderator, "Changes to Canada's Trademarks Act: Surviving the first three months", Toronto, September 12, 2019

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Webinar: "New Trademark Regulations, Practice Notices and Madrid – Is Your Practice Ready?"

    Moderator, "CIPO Practice Notes - Understanding What's New", April 16, 2019

  • Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Workshop, "Strategizing Acquisitions in Different Collections Mandates"

    Speaker, "Legal Processes and Procedures in Accepting Donations", Toronto, ON, Canada, March 21, 2019

  • International Trademark Association (INTA) 2018 Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting

    Panelist, "Supersize Your IP Rights: Copyrights and Designs", Orlando, Florida, United States of America, September 14, 2018

  • iPolitics and Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC)

    Panelist, "iPoliticsINTEL Presents: Modernizing Canada's Copyright Act", Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 12, 2018

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Webinar

    Moderator, "Year in Review in IP Law: Copyright Law Update", February 6, 2018

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) 91st Annual Conference

    Moderator, Trademarks Panel: "Who’s Offended? – A Review of the Laws on Obscene, Scandalous and Immoral Marks in Canada, the US and the EU", Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, October 12, 2017

  • Artists' Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO)

    Panelist, "Contracts for Artists", Ottawa, ON, Canada, March 28, 2017

  • Institute of Art & Law, Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Library and Archives Canada

    Speaker, "Understanding Exhibition Rights, Collective Societies and Orphan Works in Canada: Copyright in Visual Arts" and "Art, Law and Collections Management", Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 7, 2016

  • Carleton University Art Gallery, Advisory Board Member
  • Osler Diversity Committee, Member
  • Ottawa Art Gallery, Board of Directors and Char of the Acquisitions & Collections Committee

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Registered Trademark Agent
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    • Member, Copyright Policy Committee (2017-2019)
    • Member, Forums & Seminars Committee (2015-2017, 2017-2019)
  • International Trademark Association
    • Member, Trademark Administrators Committee (2018-2019)
    • Member, Young Practitioners Committee (2014-2015, 2016-2017)
  • ALAI Canada (Association littéraire et artistique internationale)
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Co-author, “Chapter 3 – Copyright”, Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies, ed. by Ronald E. Dimock (Toronto: Carswell – Thomson Reuters, 2017).

  • Co-author, “Copyright and Industrial Design Developments – 2017”, 22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Law Society of Ontario, January 18-19, 2018 (with primary authors John Cotter and Scott Miller).

  • Annual Update on Copyright, Design and Related Legislation and Jurisprudence (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), Intellectual Property – The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada (co-authored papers with primary authors Glen Bloom and Barry Sookman).

  • Bloom G, Sookman B, Klee M, Fong B, Dawalibi D, Lunn F, Plamondon F. Canadian Copyright, Design, and Related Legislation and Jurisprudence: 2011, Canadian Intellectual Property Review (June 2012); 28(1): 3-38.

  • Hickson JA, Fong B, Watson PH, Watson AJ. PP2Cdelta (Ppm1d, WIP1), an endogenous inhibitor of p38 MAPK, is regulated along with Trp53 and Cdkn2a following p38 MAPK inhibition during mouse preimplantation development. Mol Reprod Dev. 2007 Jul; 74(7): 821-34.

  • Fong B, Watson PH, Watson AJ. Mouse preimplantation embryo responses to culture medium osmolarity include increased expression of CCM2 and p38 MAPK activation. BMC Dev Biol. 2007 Jan 10; 7:2.