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Keith D. Rose






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University of Ottawa


Ontario, 2013


Keith Rose draws on a practical background in the IT business, with more than a decade of prior experience as a software developer and project manager, as well as a deep interest in the interfaces between law and technology in the real world, to identify and resolve legal problems in the technology and communications sectors. Mr. Rose advises clients on a range of technology law issues including privacy and anti-spam compliance, intellectual property, e-commerce, and regulatory issues and acts for clients on a variety of transactions including licensing, procurement, and outsourcing.


Mr. Rose has recently acted for or advised:

  • A public sector gaming corporation on commercial and data protection issues arising from an outsourcing program, including developing strategies to meet business goals while complying with both public and private sector privacy legislation;
  • The Canadian branch of a multinational consumer products conglomerate on commercial, privacy and anti-spam compliance issues arising from outsourcing of consumer engagement services and novel social media marketing programs;
  • A university in drafting and negotiating collaboration agreements for the administration of a government research grant;
  • A retail chain in developing an anti-spam compliance policy;
  • A Fintech service provider in relation to various service and data license agreements;
  • An online accounting services provider in a number of commercial agreements including a reseller agreement for value-added resellers, a data sharing and referral agreement with a business partner, and a domain name service agreement with a service provider;
  • A global IT service provider in its RFP responses and contract negotiations in connection with competitive procurements of IT outsourcing services;
  • A major Canadian financial institution in negotiating a colocation agreement for IT infrastructure;
  • A major Canadian financial institution, in resolving a licensing dispute with a software vendor;
  • A variety of clients, including a Canadian engineering services firm and major Canadian financial institutions, in cloud service procurement transactions;
  • A wide variety of clients, including small businesses, large retail chains, device manufacturers and distributors, and online service providers, in relation to various privacy, e-commerce, and anti-spam compliance matters;
  • Various user organizations, including a transportation company and an industry association, in relation to the interpretation and application of Canadian copyright tariffs;
  • Right-holder organizations, in relation to the interpretation and implementation of international IP treaties;
  • Various content and service providers on telecommunication and broadcasting regulatory matters; and
  • Various device manufacturers in obtaining Canadian regulatory approval for wireless devices.

Mr. Rose received his B.Sc. (with Hons.) from the McGill University in 1993 and his M.Sc. from Queen’s University in 1997, both in Physics. Prior to entering law school, he worked in the field of software and systems development, specializing in ground control systems for communications satellites. He received his JD, with an option in Law and Technology, from the University of Ottawa Law School in 2012. While at law school, Mr. Rose was awarded the University Silver Medal as well as numerous individual course prizes including the McCarthy Tétrault LLP Technology Law Award and the Beament Green prize in Advocacy.

Mr. Rose was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, IT.Can, the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.


  • “Canadian Trade-Mark Law Adapts to Online Software Licence Sales”, (2015-16), 17.2 Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada 9, with Julia L. Johnson, David Tait, Partner, and Daniel G.C. Glover
  • User’s Guide to Canadian Copyright Tariffs, 2d ed (Toronto: McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 2016), co-authored with Peter S. Grant, Grant Buchanan, and Daniel G.C. Glover
  • “Online Trust Alliance Issues Revised Draft ‘Trust Framework’ for the Internet of Things”, (January 2016), 13.2 Canadian Privacy Law Review 14
  • User’s Guide to Canadian Copyright Tariffs, 1st ed (Toronto: McCarthy Tétrault LLP, 2015), co-authored with Peter S. Grant, Grant Buchanan, and Daniel G.C. Glover
  • “Copyright and Industrial Design Developments – 2013”, co-written with Glen Bloom, Barry Sookman, John Cotter, Barry Fong, Martin Brandsma and Vanessa Cotric, presented at Law Society of Upper Canada: 18th Annual Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, January 16, 2014
  • “Protection from the Protectors: Does the Competition Act Provide an Answer to the Misuse of Technological Protection Measures?” (2013) 11:1 Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 117



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