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Jay Kerr-Wilson Ottawa Laywer

Gerald (Jay) Kerr-Wilson

Partner | Trademark Agent | Co-leader, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Fasken
The ever-increasing pace and dynamic nature of technological development is a direct challenge to a system of statutory and regulatory rights and obligations that has not adapted to these changes.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1999
Language(s) English
Office(s) Ottawa


Jay Kerr-Wilson is the co-leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group and practices primarily in the areas of communications and public law, with a particular emphasis on copyright. Regularly representing both Canadian and foreign communications and technology companies, Jay advises clients on issues related to telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, trademarks, and copyright licensing and liability.

Jay represents large and small, Canadian and foreign communications and technology companies in proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada, advising them on issues related to copyright licensing and copyright liability. Regularly representing clients in appeals and judicial reviews before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, Jay is at the forefront of the debate surrounding the regulation of rapidly evolving communications technologies.

Jay has testified before Parliamentary committees, and served as a delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, on behalf of Canada's cable and satellite industry.

He represents clients in appeals and judicial reviews of decisions of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Copyright Board of Canada. He is also a registered trademark agent.

Jay’s expertise extends to government relations, where he routinely represents clients before federal departments and agencies.

Jay has been named an expert in his field by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.


Client Work

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Career & Education


  • LLB Queen's University
  • BA, Political Science Carleton University
  • BAA, Journalism Ryerson University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association


Fasken Institute



Article Quatre décisions majeures de la Commission du droit d’auteur en 2018 (pages 315 to 323) Les Cahiers de Propriété Intellectuelle – Volume 31, No. 2
Article What You Need to Know About IP Management: Avoiding IP Risks in a ‘BYOD’ World

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