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Bayo Odutola | Managing Principal

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Bayo Odutola has over 20 years experience practising intellectual property (IP) law. He handles all aspects of IP litigation (opposition, cancellation/expungement proceedings and domain name disputes), prosecution, acquisition, clearance and advice with a particular emphasis on trade-marks, copyright, licensing and technology-related issues. Bayo has handled numerous proceedings before the Canadian Trade-marks Office, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal. He has represented clients from Juno and Academy Award winners to chemical companies, chocolate manufacturers and pizzerias.

He is certified as a specialist in IP (Trade-mark/Copyright) Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and has served on LSUC’s Committee for the Certification of Specialists in Intellectual Property Law.

Bayo is ranked as a top trade-mark professional in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2014 and 2015 editions). This research publication identifies the world’s leading trade-mark professionals.

He has also taught, written and spoken widely in his area of expertise.  He is perhaps best known nationally and internationally as an author of the two volume authoritative loose leaf manual: Odutola on Canadian Trade-mark Practice, Vol. I: Prosecution and Vol.II: Opposition, Cancellation and Appeals.

This two volume manual, now its 12th year, is a comprehensive reference work, updated quarterly, published by Thomson Reuters. The manual, a defining work and the leading authority on Canadian trade-mark practice, is relied on by lawyers and agents, and has been cited with approval by the Canadian Trade-marks Opposition Board and the Courts. He is fluent in both English and French and practices throughout Canada.

In 2004, he was named as one of the Top Forty under 40 business people by the Ottawa Business Journal awarded to the most successful business people in Canada’s capital. In the summer of 2003 and winter of 2007, Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s trade and risk finance provider for Canadian exporters and investors, featured his IP and technology law practice in its ExportWise magazine as part of a prudent international export risk and insurance management strategy.

In October 2002, he was featured in and on the cover of the Canadian Bar Association’s magazine, The National, for his client-centric IP practice.


Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)
MARQUES, the Association of European Trade Mark Owners
European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA)


Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Ottawa 2003-2004
Ontario Bar, 1996
Registered Trade-mark Agent, 1996
University of Ottawa, LL.B, 1994
Université de Lausanne, B.C.L., 1990


He has been published in several leading journals including: Lawyers Weekly, Trademark World and The American Bar Association’s The Canadian Newsletter. Mr. Odutola has spoken, and published extensively on IP and IT related issues including trade-marks, domain names, licensing and electronic commerce in leading journals including the International Business Lawyer, the Licensing Journal and the World Licensing Law Report and has served as an editor of the Ottawa Law Review.

Admitted to Practice

Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Federal Court & Federal Court of Appeal
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Supreme Court of Canada

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