Chandimal Nicholas is a counsel in the Intellectual Property Group. He is also a Registered Trademark Agent.
Chandimal advises clients in all areas of intellectual property law with a focus on patents and trademarks. He regularly provides guidance to clients and drafts opinions on patent and trademark issues, namely relating to infringement, validity, patentability/registrability, enforcement and freedom to operate. Chandimal also has experience advising clients with issues relating to protection of copyright (mostly in the context of software), confidential information, trade secrets and domain names (including acquisition, transfers and enforcement). He has also provided his expertise to assist in the completion of corporate transactions by advising on intellectual property and regulatory issues.
Chandimal has extensive experience in Intellectual Property litigation. He has appeared and advocated for clients before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court and Ontario Court of Appeal. The majority of Chandimal's litigation experience has been gained in the high-stakes world of patent litigation under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations as well as in patent infringement actions and in trademark oppositions. Chandimal also has experience litigating commercial cases.
Chandimal regularly assists and advises clients with regulatory issues in the food, pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic and natural health products industries. Chandimal has guided clients through a variety of regulatory requirements of these industries. He regularly provides opinions regarding requirements for licensing, safety standards, WHMIS protocols, labeling form and content and packaging. He has also consulted and communicated with the regulators on behalf of clients in order to provide better guidance and, when necessary, to advocate for a client's position to the regulators.
Chandimal joined Cassels Brock after experience working both in the Intellectual Property group at a large full-service firm and at an Intellectual Property boutique firm.