Profile of W. Charles Kent

Founder of IP Mediate

Professional Experience

  • · Practicing Canadian intellectual property lawyer from 1970 until 2008. Member of Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • · During his active carreer as a lawyer, Charles was active in a wide cross section of IP matters including drafting,filing and prosecuting patent, trade-mark, industrial design and copyright applications, IP validity and infringement opinions, negotiating and drafting IP license agreements, litigation and trade-mark opposition work and IP mediations (as both counsel and mediator)
  • · For most of his time in practice, Charles was also actively involved in firm management issues.

Dispute Resolution Training and Experience

  • · Mediation Training: Saskatchewan Department of Justice (through Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution in Ottawa) (40 hr certificate course).
  • · IP Mediation Training: Genevieve Chornenki and Richard Weiler (through Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution) (40 hr certificate course).
  • · Commercial mediation training course (Richard Weiler) (24 hr course).
  • · WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) workshop for mediators in intellectual property disputes.
  • · Other courses including mediation training courses put on through International Trademark Association.
  • · Trainer in and creator of mediation education and training programs put on through Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and Canadian Bar Association.
  • · Trainer in mediation training programs put on for members of Canadian Government Department of Justice and members of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
  • · Mediator in many disputes in patent, trade-mark and copyright matters.
  • · Counsel in many intellectual property mediations.

Professional and Civic Associations and Selected Honours

  • · Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • · Member of INTA Panel of Neutrals
  • · Certified Specialist (by Law Society of Upper Canada) in Intellectual Property Law (Patent and Trade-mark) from 1993 until 2008
  • · Past Chair of the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade (now Ottawa Chamber of Commerce)
  • · Member of WIPO Panel of Neutrals
  • Member of ADR Institute of Ontario
  • Certified by the International Mediation Institute


    • · B.Sc. (Eng.) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario,
      · LLB Degree from University of Ottawa
      · Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1970

    I am passionate about the application of mediation processes to assist parties in resolving their problems and am committed to working with them to the best of my abilities and creativity to do so.