Ren Bucholz is a trial and appellate lawyer. He regularly acts in cross-border litigation involving public and private companies, and his broad advocacy experience includes dozens of trials, appeals, international and domestic arbitrations, and administrative hearings. Ren clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal and has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ren’s practice spans complex commercial disputes that often involve new technologies and intellectual property. He has acted in patent, copyright, and trademark matters in the Federal Court, Superior Court, and in private arbitrations. A former Google Policy fellow, Ren spent several years representing a leading NGO at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, where he dealt with copyright, trademark, and patent policy. He also spent years working on technology standards involving broadcasting, digital copyright protection, open-source software, and voting machine security at entities like the IEEE and DVB. Ren has published articles and book chapters on the intersections of new technology and intellectual property.
In addition to public-facing litigation, Ren often provides practical, discreet advice to organizations and individuals.
- Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D., 2010
- York University, M.A. in Communications and Culture, 2009
- University of Colorado, Boulder, B.S. (Hon) in Journalism, 2004
- Ontario, 2011
- The Advocates' Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Pro Bono Law Ontario
- Advisory Board Member, Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Board Chair, Code for Canada
- Appeals and Judicial Review
- Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Constitutional Litigation
- Defamation, Libel and Slander
- Intellectual Property
- Judicial Inquiries and Inquests
- Mediation and Arbitration
- Professional Discipline and Regulation
- Public and Administrative Law
Awards and Honours
Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation - Recognized as a leader in Litigation - Corporate Commercial - 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 - Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Best Lawyers in Canada - Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Benchmark Litigation - Future Star
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Consistently Recommended - Corporate Commercial
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Repeatedly Recommended - Professional Liability
2020 Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40
2018 Precedent Setter Award
2013 - ASAP Young Legal Talent Program - Featured Young Litigator
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot - Best Factum, Best Oralist (national rounds)
Nova Growth Corp. v. Boxer et. al
Counsel for defendants in a lengthy commercial trial involving claims for an interest in the Niagara Falls casino. Defeated a range of contract and conspiracy claims, including allegations of computer spoliation (2014 ONSC 2763).
Borden Ladner Gervais v. Barlow
Counsel to the plaintiff in defamation matter, including obtaining injunctions on the basis of Internet defamation and trademark infringement.
Sheridan Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. v. Kyungshin-Lear Sales and Engineering
Counsel to defendant in a multi-jurisdictional class action involving alleged price-fixing among automotive parts manufacturers.
Die-Mold Tool Ltd. v. McKenzie
Counsel to a corporate plaintiff in a complex series of disputes involving the alleged oppressive conduct of a departing executive.
Ren v. College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
Counsel to the College in this judicial review of a decision regarding allegations of advertising improprieties (2014 ONSC 2758).
Wi-LAN v. John Doe
Counsel to the plaintiff in a defamation action against an anonymous Internet user involving multiple Norwich Orders seeking third-party records.
Royal Sun Alliance v. Viridian
Dispute over historical insurance coverage for environmental damage in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Goldhar v. Ha’aretz
Counsel to the plaintiff in a defamation action involving the online publication of an article by an Israeli newspaper (2018 SCC 28).
Xerox Corporation v. Infinite Media Inc.
Counsel to the plaintiff in a software licensing dispute encompassing allegations of copyright infringement.
Pastore v. Aviva Canada Inc.
Counsel for successful appellant on matter regarding the proper interaction of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule of the Insurance Act and the scope of judicial review of decision made in that context (2012 ONCA 642).
Davydyiuk v. The Internet Archive et al.
Counsel to the defendants in a suit alleging copyright infringement related to the Wayback Machine (2014 465 F.T.R. 76 (FC)).
Perfect 10, Inc. v. Google, Inc. et al.
Counsel for Google in copyright case relating to image search (2011 FC 348).
Contributor – Article discussing decision in Baglow v. Smith which involves the liability of website “moderators” for the defamation of speakers on the internet – Lawyers Weekly – June 5, 2015
Contributor – Dynamic fair dealing with orphan work: lessons from “real” property – 2013
Contributor – Voltage Pictures LLC v. John Doe and Jane Doe 2014 FC 161, The Federal Court of Canada – E-Commerce law reports – March-April 2014
Co-author – Hidden Treasure and Hydra’s Heads: How Clarifying Canadian Insurance Law can Address Environmental Harm – The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance, Global Legal Group Ltd. London, UK – 2012, 2013 editions
Panel discussion – How Canadian authors thrive in a digital world? – Authors Alliance and the University of Toronto Libraries
Presenter – The battle for control of the web – Mesh13 conference – May 15, 2013