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Ottawa appoints judge to Federal Court of Appeal

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:47 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice announced on March 8 that Justice George R. Locke, a judge of the Federal Court, has been appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal. He replaces Justice Andre F.J. Scott, who resigned effective Oct. 22, 2018.

According to the Justice Canada press release, Justice Locke was appointed to the Federal Court on April 10, 2014. Born and raised in Greater Montreal, he studied at McGill University, obtaining a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering in 1987 and bachelor of common law and civil law degrees in 1991. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1993 and in Quebec in 1995. He was also certified as a specialist in intellectual property law (Patents) by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Prior to his judicial appointment, Justice Locke was as an associate and then a partner in the intellectual property group at the Montreal office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, formerly Ogilvy Renault LLP. He was registered as a trademark agent in 1993 and as a patent agent in 2000. He was also a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and of the Intellectual Property Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Justice Locke is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and was acting as its treasurer at the time of his appointment to the Federal Court.

Before and since his appointment, Justice Locke has written and spoken frequently on IP issues, including at the IP Judges Forum of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva in November 2018, which was attended by IP judges from all over the world.