Howard Knopf, B.A., M.S. (Juilliard), LL.M.

Macera & Jarzyna/Moffat & Co.
Ottawa, ON

Howard P. Knopf has been Counsel with Macera & Jarzyna, LLP in Ottawa, Canada since 2001. He was called to the bar in 1980 and has worked in government and the private sector, mainly in the areas of copyright, trademarks, cyberlaw, competition and related issues. He has been the Chairman of the Copyright Policy Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and was advisor to the Law Commission of Canada on security interests in intellectual property. He edited the resulting book entitled Security Interests in Intellectual Property. He spent over a decade in the Canadian federal government, with senior responsibility for major copyright revision, serving as Head of Delegation to several World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) meetings and launching Canada’s first and most important abuse of dominance case involving intellectual property law.

He has frequently lectured at the invitation of the judiciary, government, law schools, continuing legal education fora, the Law Society of Upper Canada, WIPO and various NGO’s including the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs. He has published extensively, both as author and editor. Since 2000, he has been a member of the faculty of the Fordham Annual Conference on International Intellectual Property Law and Policy in New York. He has been an adjunct law lecturer at Queen’s University and was cited by Canadian Lawyer magazine as being one of Queen’s law faculty’s “best and brightest”.

He has appeared as counsel before the Copyright Board, the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has served as a WIPO arbitration panelist in cases involving the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). His litigation successes include several important reported decisions in the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada on issues involving file sharing, privacy, private copying levies, parallel importation and fair dealing. He was co-author of an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in a landmark copyright case. He maintains a widely read blog on copyright law at

Prior to his legal career, he was a professional clarinetist performing solo, chamber and orchestral music in Canada, the USA and Europe and frequently for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”) with renowned conductors and chamber music colleagues including James Levine, Erich Leinsdorf, Robert Aitken and the Orford Quartet. While in law school, he conceived and presented a CBC Ideas documentary on entertainment law. He has served as a board member of several arts institutions and is currently a Director of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, Canada’s oldest organization devoted to public policy, which has recently celebrated its 80th annual summer conference and anniversary. He organizes and chairs the Ottawa Couchiching informal roundtables, which have recently featured current and retired senior members of the public service, academia, the judiciary, non-governmental organizations, the Senate, and the CBC.