Ronald E. Dimock, Partner

Ron is one of Canada’s leading intellectual property litigators, mediators and arbitrators. Over the course of a practice spanning four decades, Ron has appeared as counsel in more than fifty patent, trademark and copyright trials in the Federal Court and more than thirty appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Ontario Court of Appeal. He has been in more patent trials than any other practitioner in Canada. Ron was counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on some of the leading cases in IP law: Whirlpool v. Camco (patents), Lego v. Mega Bloks (trademarks) and Robertson v. Thomson (copyright).
Ron is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.  He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark, and Copyright) Law. Ron is identified by Lexpert as one of the "Most Frequently Recommended" IP litigators in Canada and has been named as the leading patent lawyer in Canada in the Managing Intellectual Property Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts. He has also been described as the "guru of IP law in Canada" in Chambers & Partners Global Guide and as "one of the finest litigators" in Canada by Who’s Who in Patents.  Having "some of the best trial skills in the market", according to WTR 1000, Ron is rated AV®Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.  For 2015, he was named the Patent Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada. IAM 1000 Patents calls Ron “chairman of the board for Canadian patent lawyers”.
Ron also teaches a graduate level course in Intellectual Property to LL.M. students at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He has taught patents to law students at Queen’s University and has taught copyright to students enrolled in the Advanced Course on Copyright sponsored by McGill University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is on the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Neutrals for Canada, a Mediator on file with IPIC and a member of IP Neutrals of Canada. Ron is a panel member of JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, and has an office in the JAMS Resolution Centre in Toronto.  Ron is the Editor of Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies updated quarterly by Thomson Carswell Publishing and a member of the Practical Law Canada Commercial Law Advisory Board.
Prior to his call to the Ontario Bar in 1976, Ron obtained his LL.B. in 1974 and B.Sc. in Mathematics and Engineering (with Honours) in 1971 from Queen’s University. He was Big Brother of the Year for Toronto in 1979 and served as a Director on the Big Brothers Board for several years. Ron is now on the Board of Directors of Parteq of Queen's University and a member of the Major Gift Cabinet of the United Way of Toronto.


Selected publications and presentations:
Publications
Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Carswell (co-author of Intellectual Property chapter)
Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies, Thomson Carswell (editor and co-author of Patents chapter)
Intellectual Property chapter, Canadian Commercial Law Guide, CCH (co-author)
Patents and Trade Secrets chapter, Canadian Forms and Precedents, LexisNexis (co-author)
"The impact of Competition Law in mediation of patent disputes", CCCA - Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Nov 2015 (co-author)
"All you ever wanted to know about IP before calling an IP lawyer", Lexology, Nov 2015 (co-author)
"7 Benefits of arbitration in a patent dispute", Law360, Aug 2015 (co-author)
Canadian Chapter, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2014 (4th Edition), Global Legal Group, Sept. 2013 (co-author)
Canadian Chapter, International Copyright Law: A practical Global Guide, Globe Law & Business, May 2013 (co-author)
IP Chapter - Litigation, "Intellectual property disputes", Benchmark Canada, 2012 (co-author)
Canadian Chapter, Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, Expert Guides, 2011 (co-author)
Canadian Chapter, Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, Expert Guides, 2009 (co-author)
Commentary on Bill C-61 (So You Want to Be a Rock-N-Roll Infringer…Or Not), Commercial Times, July 2008 (co-author)
"Some impacts of digital technology on copyright law and practice in North America", (2006) 13 Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 839 (co-author)
"Fair dealing: a user right or a defence?" (2005) 22 Canadian Intellectual Property Review 11 (co-author)
Presentations, teaching appointments, and speaking engagements
"Patent Update - IP Issues for Information Technology", IT.CAN 19th Annual Conference, Toronto, Oct 2015
Recruitment and Retention Roundtable, AIPF Annual Meeting, Toronto, Oct 2015
"Patent Year in Review", CIPO, Ottawa, May 2015
"Ron & Don Show: Top 10 IP Cases from the past year", Toronto Intellectual Property Group, Toronto, February 2015
"Patents Update", 19th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2015
"Intellectual Property - Patents", National Judicial Institute - Joint Federal Court of Appeal and Federal Court Education Seminar, Mont-Tremblant, October 2014 (speaker)
"IP Arbitration - not an unsettling thought", IPIC Webinar, Sept 2014 (co-speaker)
"Panellist - Examining and Cross-Examining Experts:  Winning Strategies, Trends & Solutions", The Advocates' Society, Toronto, May 2014
"Panellist - Best Practices: The Global Dialogue, 2014 Update - taking on Innovation, Patent Quality, and Judicial & Administrative Enforcement", Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, D.C., May 2014
"Patent Law Update", IPIC - CIPO, Ottawa, April 2014

"The Top 10 IP Cases from the Past Year", World IP Day, LES Toronto Chapter, April 2014

"Panellist - Contract Drafting Course", Osgoode Hall, Toronto, March 2014

"IP Trials and Tribulations - Serious Lessons Learned", TIPG, Toronto, Feb 2014

"Panellist - Patent Law Update", IPIC Webinar, Feb 2014 
"Moderator - The Views from the Court", Trade, Intellectual Property and Recovering Economies: A search for best practices, The Federal Circuit Bar Association, Toronto, Sept. 2013
"Patents Update", 17th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2013
"Panellist - IP and Antitrust:  Balancing the Tension", CBA Annual Competition Law Fall Conference, Toronto, Sept. 2012
"Patents Update", 16th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2012
"Dialogue with the Bench and Bar - Successful appellate advocacy", OBA Young Lawyers Division, Toronto, Oct. 2011
“Intellectual Property Remedies”, Lecturer, LLM program, York University, Toronto, Sept. 2011
"The Art of Settling a Dispute:  A step-by-step guide to negotiation, papering the deal and enforcement", CBA Legal Conference and Expo, August 2011
"Patents Update", 15th Annual Intellectual Property Law:  The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2011
"Moderator - Mock IP Mediation", OBA - Young Lawyers' Division, Toronto, November 2010
"How and When to Use Expert Witnesses to Bolster Your Case", The Canadian Institute 9th Annual Forum on Pharma Patents, Toronto, November 2010 
"Recent Developments in the Patent Law", CIPO (Patent Examiners), Gatineau, June 2010
"The Year in Review", Patent Law Update, IPIC Webinar, April 2010
"Interface between IP and Competition Law", CBA National Competition Law Section - Young Lawyers Committee, Toronto, April 2010
"Review of the recent top 10 IP cases", World IP Day, LES Toronto Chapter, April 2010
"Patents Update", 14th Annual Intellectual Property Law:  The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2010
"Why would anyone want to be an IP Lawyer?  An Introduction to the practice of intellectual property law" Queen's University Law Alumni Speaker Series, Nov 2009
"Mediation of IP licensing disputes" Licensing Executives Society, Nov 2009 (co-presenter)
"Preparing the expert for cross-examination", CBA Advocacy before the Federal Court in IP Matters, May 2008
Panelist, 12th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, January 2008
Intellectual Property Law Primer: Focus on Patent Law, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, September 2007
"Understanding the business of copyright—exclusive rights in copyright and some neighbouring rights, too", IPIC-McGill Summer Course in the Business of Copyright, McGill University, Montréal, August 2007
"Patent law—then and now", Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, March 2007
"Official marks: an update", IPIC Annual Meeting, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, September 2006
"Copyright and the recording industry", OBA Hot Spots in Copyright Conference, May 2005
Lecturer, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Education Seminar: Intellectual Property, National Judicial Institute, Ottawa, April 2005
Lecturer on Intellectual Property Remedies, LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1998

Primary practice areas:

Intellectual property litigation
Trial and appellate advocacy
Mediation and arbitration 

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Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America

Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark, and Copyright) Law 

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Selected trials and cases:

Patents

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. v. Arctic Cat Ltd. et. al. (T-2025-11)

SNF Inc. v. Ciba-BASF (T-1749-11)

The Dow Chemical Company v. Nova Chemicals (T-2051-10)

Pfizer Canada Inc. v. Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. (T-507-05/A-79-07)

Johnson & Johnson Inc. v. Boston Scientific Inc. (T-1822-97/A-264-08)

Research In Motion Limited v. Visto Corporation (T-1105-06)

The Toronto-Dominion Bank et at v. Data Treasury (T-1472-07)

Whirlpool Corporation v. Camco Inc. and General Electric (SCC File No. 27208/A-630-97/T-2028-95)

Unilever PLC v. Procter & Gamble Inc. (A-324-93/T-2534-85)

AT&T Technologies Inc. v. Mitel Corp. (T-2517-85)

Windsurfing International Inc. v. Bic Sports Inc. (A-1516-84/T-797-80)

Xerox of Canada Ltd. v. IBM Canada Ltd. (T-730-72)

Trademarks

BMW Canada Inc. v. Nissan Canada Inc. (A-3-07/T-1395-05)

Kirkbi AG v. Ritvik Holdings (Lego v. Mega Bloks) (SCC File No. 29956/A-395-02/T-2799-96)

Big Sisters Association of Ontario v. Big Brothers of Canada (T-29-94/A-447-97)

Remington Rand Corp v. Phillips Electronics N.V. (A-633-93/T-1695-91)

Pestco v. Orkin Exterminating - 1985 5 CPR (3d) 433

Copyright

SOCAN v. Apple (SCC File No. 33800), Intervener: Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Robertson v. Thomson Corp. (SCC File No. 30644/C38148)

CCH Canadian Ltd. et al v. Law Society of Upper Canada (T-1618-93/T-1619-93/T-1620-93)

Succession Picasso v. PRC Inc. et al. (T-1503-96)