Taras Kulish

Taras Kulish


Practice Areas:
Business Formation and Acquisition, IP Litigation, Trade Mark Law and Copyright Law, Charity/Not-for-Profit

Law School:
University of McGill

Bar Admission:
Quebec, 1991; Ontario, 1993; New York, 1997

Email: tkulish@sthilaw.com
Taras is the chair of the STHI Law Intellectual Property and Charity/Not-for-Profit groups and is a Senior Associate in Corporate-Commercial. His practice focuses on servicing the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and Canadian charities. As a Trade Mark Agent registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Taras places special emphasis on branding and securing and protecting clients’ intellectual property assets.

Some of Taras’ recent files include:

  • The prosecution in Federal Court and negotiating, at a judicially mandated settlement conference, a highly favourable six figure outcome for a key manufacturing client against a multinational food conglomerate based in Europe.
  • The successful prosecution of numerous trade mark applications in the face of “descriptive refusals” by Examiners at the TMO. Negotiation, purchase and/or sale of pharmacies.
  • Obtaining injunctions for Canadian companies to stop foreign importers from trade mark “passing off” and infringement of copyright Pursuing complicated applications for charitable status before the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Incorporating and advising Not for Profit organizations
  • Advancing companies’ worldwide branding strategies through applications before CIPO, USPTO and WIPO

Taras specializes in intellectual property. He focuses on trade-mark applications and prosecutions for manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages, and other manufacturing and service companies. Taras uses his 20 plus years of experience in this area to arrive at creative solutions when companies find that their brands are being copied or infringed. He has specific expertise in obtaining injunctions, civil search orders (Anton Piller Orders) and mediating settlements of complicated trade-mark passing off issues.

Taras recently lived for three years in Switzerland while serving the needs of the clients of STHI Law in Canada. Taras developed special business, legal, professional and sports related relationships throughout Europe and regularly serves the needs of international clients with Canadian interests.

Taras is fluent in both English and French, and serves the community by acting as the International Relations Officer of the Canadian branch of HOPE Worldwide, an international charity recognized by the United Nations.

Connect with Taras through LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/taras-kulish/4/53/5a2

Stay in touch with the news Taras thinks is interesting: http://www.facebook.com/TarasKulishSMHI



Taras in the News:

Ukraine eager to explore and learn from Canadian legal standards
Toronto charity lawyer Taras Kulish believes there's a grassroots movement in Ukraine eager to adopt a Canadian-like system of law to fight back against what's perceived by the general population to be widespread corruption, especially in the charities sector.… Read more →

Charities must protect themselves from unwitting terrorist links
Charities working abroad must ensure they’re connecting with bona fide organizations that aren't involved in corrupt activities, including terrorism, Toronto charity lawyer Taras Kulish… Read more →

Pee wee baseball team called out on trademark catch
A manufacturer’s balk at printing pee wee baseball uniforms with their name, "The 6" raises some unique questions around how trademark law is interpreted… Read more →

Trademark registration process starts with research
Businesses looking to register a trademark as part of a venture should go beyond just a Google search to see if it’s already been used… Read more →

Cartoon character copyright no laughing matter
You can’t just “borrow” someone else’s property without permission and the same rule applies to copyrighted property,… Read more →<

Canada is out of step on copyright protection
All that is old could become new again as Canadian copyright holders scramble to make their catalogues relevant and protect their intellectual rights because of a quirk in how Canada applies… Read more →<

Charities must follow the law as written
Charities operating on political campaign promises and not following the law as written are making a grave mistake which could cost them their registration… Read more →

Ontario stalls while charities are left hanging
It’s been six years since legislation was passed to update the Ontario Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) and charities have been left hanging … Read more →

Kulish provides design primer on branding trends
Companies must take a lesson from the history of design if they want to excel in social media branding … Read more →

Canadian trademark, patent regulations going international
Proposed changes to Canadian trademark and patent laws, to bring them in line with international treaties, will be beneficial going forward … Read more →

Canada-Switzerland trade ties boast growth potential
The free trade agreement between Canada and a number of European countries, including Switzerland (C-EFTA) is important for bilateral trade … Read more →

Flower patent raises thorny legal issues
A U.S. lawsuit over the intellectual property rights accorded to flower breeders raises some interesting questions over how those rights are conferred … Read more →

Lucasfilm uses the force to stop TO lightsabre battles
The transformation of a Star Wars-themed lightsaber battle shows charitable motivations won’t insulate organizers from trademark enforcement … Read more →

Battle of the ‘moose’ trademarks
While there is a fight brewing between Moosehead Breweries and District Brewery over the name of a flagship beer, Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish says there could be another dog — or in this case, moose — in the fight … Read more →

‘Tis the season to research your charity
With an estimated 60 per cent of Canadians expected to give to various charities this holiday season, Toronto charity/not-for-profit lawyer Taras Kulish says it’s crucial to “know your charity” before donating. … Read more →

Charities must be vigilant to protect their brand
The recent action in which the Canada Revenue Agency sought to deregister a charity over mixing of personal and corporate funds is a clear example … Read more →

Trademarks and the chocolate wars
When I lived for three years on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland with my family from 2011 to 2014, our favourite pastime was visiting the Cailler chocolate factory … Read more →

Fall CPD event to discuss judicial reform, Ukraine-Canada free trade
On Nov. 17, the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association (UCBA) will hold its fall CPD event in Toronto, featuring presentations from expert speakers on topics such as judicial reform and free trade … Read more →

Due diligence key when bringing s. 45 application
Toronto intellectual property lawyer Taras Kulish says when faced with two confusing or similar trademarks, due diligence and preliminary searching goes a long way … Read more →

ONCA delay provides ‘golden opportunity’ to Ontario non-profits
A further two-year delay in updating Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Corporations Act is a “golden opportunity” for organizations to take a good long look at their structure in preparation for inevitable change … Read more →

Quebec’s language rules to supplement Best Buy decision
Although major retailers won a court battle in April allowing them to keep their English names in Quebec, news that the government will “tighten” the Charter of the French Language by implementing new regulations … Read more →

A charitable donation as part of a settlement creates goodwill
Toronto intellectual property and charity/not-for-profit lawyer Taras Kulish says that negotiating a charitable donation as part of a settlement in an intellectual … Read more →

Kulish provides legal expertise and a ‘Helping Hand’
Toronto lawyer Taras Kulish has a passion for international humanitarian work, which he says helps him better assist his charity and not-for-profit clients … Read more →