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Salim Dharssi

Salim Dharssi

Technology Lawyer, Technology

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5907



Bar Admission

New York, 2011

Ontario, 2010

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • University of Waterloo, B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering

Salim leverages his computer engineering, intellectual property (IP) and in-house counsel experience to deliver practical legal advice to companies in emerging industries that are looking to commercialize their technology.  He helps companies plan for product launches, secure rights with suppliers and vendors, and form relationships with strategic partners and customers. 

Having worked as in-house legal counsel for a global cloud services business, Salim understands how technology companies commercialize their products and services including how internal stakeholder groups such as product managers, engineering operations, customer service, billing operations and other teams work together to implement a companies’ go-to-market strategies.

Salim prepares and negotiates a variety of commercial technology and intellectual property related agreements including services agreements, distribution and reseller agreements,  and software license agreements involving vendors (including ISVs), suppliers (including SaaS and software development service providers) and customers ranging from SMBs, resellers, MSPs, telecommunication companies and enterprises.  Salim’s commercial technology practice is informed by his experience working on mergers and acquisitions, leading litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and responding to law enforcement data requests.  He also draws on his engineering and IP experience to provide IP advisory services to product and engineering teams for the strategic development, registration, maintenance, acquisition and licensing of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

In addition to providing substantive legal services, one of Salim’s primary objectives at Osler is to transform and modernize the way the Osler Technology Group delivers legal services to Canada’s leading emerging and high growth technology companies by developing new systems, processes and cutting edge precedents to best leverage technology and resources.

  • Board member, Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corporation NO. 830, 2015 – 2017
  • Represented clients with Pro Bono Law Ontario’s Child Advocacy Project, 2012 – 2015
  • Executive member of the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Section Committee of the Ontario Bar Association, 2011 - 2015

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association,
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, Chair of the Licensing Committee (2016 – 2018)


  • “Intellectual Property Management” in Entrepreneurship 101 Speaker Series, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON, Nov. 2014 (invited presentation)
  • “Top 10 Issues in IP Licensing and Commercialization”, The Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Oct. 2014 (invited presentation)


  • “Protecting Computer Programs in Canada using Copyright, Patent and Industrial Design Law”, Canadian Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 29, Issue 1, 2013