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Having practiced law exclusively in the area of intellectual property throughout his 50-year legal career, and as a founding member of Shapiro Cohen, a boutique IP firm in Ottawa, Jonathan is in a unique position to now provide strategy advice to Burk Law on the international trademark and domain name portfolios of clients.


Jonathan concentrated his legal efforts primarily in the domain name world during the past 20 years. He served on the Board of Directors of ICANN and CIRA, and has had unique opportunities to be involved in international internet governance and policy. Jonathan’s experience in this area is particularly important and relevant to companies in an e-commerce world, now facing hundreds of top level domains, all with an instantaneous online international reach.

Jonathan has written and spoken about intellectual property in Canada and around the world. Among his many speaking engagements, Jonathan has spoken on domain name and trademark matters at INTA, FICPI, APAA, a United Nations Conference, the Committee on Foreign Relations in New York City as well as to the Canadian government, and testified before a U.S. Congressional Committee.

Jonathan graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto) with an LL.B. in 1969 and was called to the Ontario bar. Now retired from the active practice of law, Jonathan provides IP strategy advice. 

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