Martin P.J. Kratz QC

Martin Kratz leads the intellectual property, anti-spam practice and co-leads the ecommerce practice for Bennett Jones. His practice is focused on intellectual property and technology law, including substantive IP and IP transactions, procurement, commercialization, strategy and opinions, anti-spam, data protection, privacy, ecommerce, strategic alliances, mergers, acquisitions and technology transfers among technology companies. His practice includes the software, telecommunications, electronic commerce, entertainment, energy and pharmaceutical industries.

Martin continues to be internationally recognized as a leading lawyer. Among other recognition he is identified:

·      as one of Canada’s most creative lawyers by Lexpert-Thomson in the US guide to Canada’s 100 Most Creative Lawyers;

·      as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in each of the fields of IP and technology law;

·      ranked by Chambers and Partners for each of IT law and IP law;

·      as an IP STAR by Managing Intellectual Property in each of the Patent and Copyright & Trademark handbooks, 2015;

·      as one of the world’s leading patent lawyers in the IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Lawyers, 2015;

·      as one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers in the World Trademark Review Trademark 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2015;

·      as one of Canada’s leading cross-border lawyers in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada;

·      as among the world’s top patent lawyers in The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers, 2013;

·      listed by Who’s Who Legal 2016 for Technology, Media and Telecommunications;

·      listed by Who’s Who Legal 2013 for IT, Patents and Sports and Entertainment;

·      as winner of International Law Office / Lexology Client Choice Awards USA & Canada for the Intellectual Property, Patents category 2013, 2014, 2015;

·      as a leading Internet and e-commerce lawyer in The International Who’s Who of Internet & e-Commerce Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal;

·      as a leading lawyer in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in Canada for intellectual property law, technology law and information technology law;

·      as highly recommended in technology law by the Practicing Law Institute; and

·      as a leading lawyer in IP and IT by Lawday.

Martin has written over 450 publications on various topics involving intellectual property, technology law or on related topics including the following recent books: Canadian Anti-Spam Law, 2014; Canadian Internet Law, 2013; Outsourcing (Canada) 2012; Licensing 2012; Electronic Commerce Law 2012; Canadian Intellectual Property Law, 2nd Ed., 2010.

Martin is national co-director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intellectual Property LLM program and teaches in that program.

Martin is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and of the Canadian Information Processing Society; and a member of: the ABA’s Science & Technology, Patent, Copyright & Trademark, Sports & Entertainment and International Sections, and a member of the AIPLA.