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Keith D. Rose








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 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 major Canadian financial institution, in the outsourcing of certain software development services;
  • 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;
  • A wearable device manufacturer in obtaining Canadian regulatory approval for wireless devices;
  • A network operator, in relation to a peering agreement;
  • A technology start-up company in relation to various commercial transactions including partnership and collaboration agreements and content licensing; and
  • A licensed provider of medical marihuana, in relation to various regulatory, privacy and e-commerce issues.

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, IT.Can, the Toronto Computer Lawyers Group, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.


  • 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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