Christian Leblanc joined Fasken Martineau as a partner in 2003. He practices in Intellectual Property, with a particular emphasis on pharmaceutical patent cases. He also practices in entertainment and media law, communications and defamation.
He has an extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, including regulatory aspects, market access and patent protection.
Christian is one of our most seasoned lawyers and an expert in patent litigation, more specifically pharmaceutical patents. He is also involved in proceedings related to drugs approved on the basis of Notice of Compliance ("NOC").
He is recognized by the 2016 Legal 500 Directory in the area of intellectual property law, a practice where Fasken Martineau is distinguishing itself through its “excellent level of service” and “strong knowledge of the pharma sector”. The directory noted his “exceptionable understanding of business needs”. He also has been recognized as a “leading IP lawyer” by the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook in 2015 and 2016.
Christian is also one of a handful of specialists in media and communication law in Montreal. His practice also encompasses intellectual property litigation, including copyrights, trademarks, high technology and patents. He appears on behalf of clients before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada and all of the courts in Québec as well as the trial and appeal divisions of the Federal Court of Canada and various administrative tribunals such as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).
Christian acts for some of the larger media enterprises in Canada, and regularly intervenes on their behalf in issues relating to freedom of the press and freedom of speech. He appeared on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada in matters relating to freedom of speech. He also represents many clients operating in a wide number of industries seeking to protect and assert their rights as regards intellectual property and state-of-the-art technology.
He has been recognized in 2007 as one of the Canadian legal community’s "Leading Lawyers under 40" by Lexpert, which also lists him as “consistently recommended” in Litigation/Defamation and Media. Christian was also listed in the 2014 Lexpert US Guide for Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers.
Christian has been a lecturer at Concordia University, teaching the course "Media and the Law" for students enrolled in their journalism program. He is also a professor at the École du Barreau du Québec, where he teaches the art of representing, pleading, examination and cross-examination before the courts. He has been a panellist at the Oxford Round Table in March 2004 with respect to "Civil Rights and Liberties." He is also a member of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and of the Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers Association.