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Christian  Leblanc

Christian Leblanc

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1992
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal
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Christian Leblanc specializes in intellectual property with a focus on patents, particularly pharmaceutical patents. His practice also encompasses media, communications, and defamation law.  Christian has been recognized in numerous legal directories for his exceptional understanding of the business world.

Christian represents many clients from various industries who want to protect their intellectual property and high technology rights. A seasoned litigator, Christian has acted on behalf of clients before the Supreme Court of Canada as well as courts of every level in Quebec and different administrative tribunals.

He has expertise in patent litigation, more specifically pharmaceutical patents. He submits Notices of Compliance during drug-approval hearings.

Christian has particular knowledge of media and communications law, and acts on behalf of some of the largest media companies in Canada in matters related to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. He also intervenes in extra-ordinary proceedings in which the media are sometimes involved, such as pre-publication bans and seizures of journalistic material. Aware of the risks of publication or media coverage, clients can count on Christian to act rapidly and critically.

Christian delivers seminars and taught at both Concordia University and the École du Barreau du Québec. He is a member of Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, which he chaired from 2013 to 2015, and of the Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression (CJFE).

  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in Communications Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Defamation and Media Law by the Best Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2009 to 2019
  • Recognized by the Legal 500 Directory in the area of intellectual property law, a practice where Fasken is distinguishing itself through its “excellent level of service” and “strong knowledge of the pharma sector”. The directory noted his “exceptionable understanding of business needs”, Legal 500 2016
  • Recognized as a “leading IP lawyer” by the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook 2015 to 2016
2009 to 2019 The Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized as a leading practitioner in Communications Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Defamation and Media Law by the Best Lawyers in Canada
2015 to 2016 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook Recognized as a “leading IP lawyer” by the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook
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Education

  • LLB University of Montréal

Community involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors, Metrocom Inc. (official company of the STM responsible for the rental of all commercial spaces in the Montréal metro)
  • Member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, Fondation de l’Institut du tourisme et de l’hôtellerie du Québec 
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Opéra de Montréal
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Fondation La Mosaïque

Memberships & Affiliations

  • President, Advocates in Defence of Expression in Media / Canadian media lawyers association 
  • Member, Québec Bar 
  • Member, Montreal Bar 
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ad Idem - Advocates in Defence of Media 
  • Member, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 
  • Co-Chair of the France Practice Group
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