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Margot E. Patterson - Dentons Canada LLP. Ottawa, ON, CA

Margot E. Patterson Margot E. Patterson

Counsel | Dentons Canada LLP

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

A Law Society of Upper Canada Certified Specialist in copyright who can discuss all aspects of this hot topic.




Comparing CASL to CAN-SPAM


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Margot is Counsel with Dentons Canada's Ottawa office and practises with Dentons' Intellectual Property, Communications Law, Competition Law, and Entertainment | Sports | Media Practice Groups. She provides advertising and marketing advice to a broad range of clients in relation to broadcast, print, and online media.

Designated by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in copyright, Margot is formally recognized as a leader in this specialized field. She regularly advises clients on licences for the acquisition and use of copyright-protected content. She represents clients before the Copyright Board of Canada, and has acted as an expert advisor to international broadcasting groups on the Canadian copyright system.

Within her practice, Margot also advises on compliance with Canada's Anti-Spam (CASL) and Privacy laws. Canadian and U.S. clients include businesses in the telecommunications, technology, electronics, gaming, retail, and advertising and marketing industries. She provides practical solutions to ensure that contracts, customer service standards and policies are CASL and privacy law compliant.

In 2012, Margot was recommended by The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Communications Law. Her communications law practice is focused on helping her clients navigate the licensing rules and regulatory requirements of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). She works with Canadian and foreign broadcasters to structure the commercial agreements they require to ensure regulatory compliance and successfully launch and operate services in Canada.

Before joining Dentons, Margot was General Counsel and Vice-President, Legal Affairs for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB).

Industry Expertise (7)


Legal Services


Media - Broadcast

Media - Online

Public Policy


Areas of Expertise (6)

Intellectual Property


Crtc Applications

Media & Entertainment Law


Privacy Law

Accomplishments (5)

Board of Directors – Canadian Women in Communications (professional)

Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) raises the profile of women working in the communications and technology sectors through a number of benefits, services and awards, a national mentoring program, local and national events, professional development, high-profile initiatives like Women on Boards and through strong partnerships with government agencies, industry corporations and other associations.

Leading Practitioner – Communications Law (professional)

In 2012, Margot was recommended by The Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading lawyers in the area of Communications Law.

Counsel – Dentons Canada LLP (professional)


Dentons is a global firm driven to provide you with the competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. We were formed by the March 2013 combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton.

Mentor – Canadian Women in Communications/Shaw Media Mentorship Program (professional)

Mentoring is a career development essential! Mentors help develop leadership skills, work with you to define your goals and develop strategies for reaching them. A mentor can also be an invaluable sounding board to help you navigate today’s increasingly complex workplace. The CWC/Shaw Media Mentorship Program can match you with a senior member of the communications and/or technology sectors for one year of personalized coaching, counsel and leadership development.

Mentor – University of Ottawa Legal Links and Bridges Program (professional)

Legal Links & Bridges (LL&B) has been one of the most developed mentoring programs in the country since its launch in 1997. LL&B provides students the opportunity to interact with members of the legal community through mentoring. The program pairs first-year law students with members of the legal community, providing students with the opportunity to connect with lawyers with similar legal and non-legal interests.

Education (2)

McGill University: LL.B., Comparative Law 1997

Graduated With Distinction

Queen’s University School of Policy Studies: Master of Public Administration, Management, Industry Regulation 1998

Event Appearances (12)

In-House Counsel and the New Era of Compliance Liability

CCCA National Spring Conference  Montreal, Quebec


Vertical Integration: Does Canada now have Too Much Media Concentration?

8th Annual Telecommunications Forum  Ottawa, Ontario


Copyright Update 2012

Invest Ottawa: 45th Circuit Legal Forum  Ottawa, Ontario


New Developments in Communications Law and Policy

16th Biennial National Conference: New Developments in Communications Law and Policy  Ottawa, Ontario


Panel Moderator: Copyright and the Digital Economy

Competition, Innovation and Applications: Towards a Digital Economy for Canada  Ottawa, Ontario


Key Legal Issues Affecting Associations

FMC Seminar Series  Ottawa, Ontario


Convergence or Collision? The New All-Things-Video Reality

Association of Canadian Advertisers Conference – Marketing and the Law: Negotiating the Minefield  Toronto, Ontario


Anti-Spam 101: Risks and Implications for Businesses

FMC National Webinar  Webinar


Privacy and Anti-Spam Issues

2011 Risk Management Society (RIMS) Canada Conference  Ottawa, Ontario


Allocating Risks in the Cloud: Copyright Law

2nd Cloud Computing Law Course, Federated Press  Ottawa, Ontario


Bill C-32: ISP Liability and the Role of Intermediaries in Enforcing the Copyright Act

Rights and Copyright - Bringing Canada into the 21st Century, Insight Conference  Toronto, Ontario


Panel Moderator: The Over-the-Air Digital Transition – New Developments

15th Biennial National Conference – New Developments in Communications Law and Policy  Ottawa, Ontario


Sample Talks (3)

Vertical Integration: Does Canada now have Too Much Media Concentration?

Over the last couple of years, Canada's largest telecommunications companies have consolidated their control of the major broadcasting companies in the country. The creation of these very large, vertically integrated conglomerates raises significant policy questions. Most of them want to be able to exploit their content exclusively for their own purposes, while the non-vertically integrated companies are categorically opposed to this. This workshop will review the telecom industry in Canada.

The Copyright Modernization Act: Canada’s new rights and rules

The Copyright Modernization Act has been the subject of a great deal of attention and debate over issues such as “digital locks”, “users’ rights”, and whether and how Canada is keeping up with other countries in protecting copyright. In this presentation, Margot will explore a number of the key amendments and their potential impact on creators and users of music, audio‐visual, print, artistic, and other works.

Copyright and the Digital Economy

Users rights vs. rights holders. Digital locks. Format shifting. Fair dealing. Retransmission. Notice and notice. Making available vs. communication to the public. Geo-blocking and domestic licensing. "iPod taxes" and "SIM card levies." As Parliament moves forward with its fourth attempt at updating Canada's copyright legislation, this presentation examines the impact Bill C-11 would have on competition and innovation within Canada's digital economy, over the next few years.


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