Paul E Bain

Paul E. Bain

Intellectual Property Protection for Creative Class

Paul is avidly interested in the protection and enforcement of the rights of creators, writers, artists, photographers, film and TV producers and musicians;

Art World

Paul is a leading art lawyer and trusted advisor to artists, public and private galleries, auction-houses and collectors on a variety of issues and disputes that arise in the art world;

Branding/ Licensing

As a registered trademark agent, he oversees a large portfolio of international trademarks and domestic branding and licensing for clients in creative industries and for hospitality businesses and franchises.

Education & Credentials


University of Toronto

B.A. (Hons), 1986

Osgoode Hall Law School

LL.B., 1991

Bar Admission

  • Ontario1991
    • Law Society of Upper Canada


  • ORT Toronto Gala 2015 Honouree

Representative Clients

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • ADG IP Inc./ Drake
  • Douglas Coupland
  • AA Bronson
  • Waddington's

Prominent Assignments

  • Represented a leading artists’ estate in international dispute with National Gallery over display of controversial art;
  • Developed a new copyright policy for a major museum’s online and public photography guidelines;
  • Advised estate of a major hip-hop artist in royalty/ insolvency matter;
  • Successfully negotiated settlements of copyright infringements of art works by a major fashion label and against a major television studio;
  • Worldwide branding for several cannabis manufacturers and distributors;
  • Advised on a joint-venture between a food retailer and major department store;
  • Negotiated significant public-art commissions on behalf of artists with municipalities and real estate developers.

Professional Involvement

  • Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • ABA – Entertainment section
  • CBA – Entertainment section

Community Involvement

  • Board Chairman/ President- Toronto Biennial of Art
  • Past Board Member- The PowerPlant Gallery
  • Past Board Member- Contact Photography Festival
  • Advisor for several non-profit arts organizations
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