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TORONTO (June 13, 2005) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one …

TORONTO (June 13, 2005) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading full-service business law firms, today announced that Mark S. Hayes will be joining the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group in Toronto as a Partner.

“Mark is a highly regarded IP practitioner,” said Jim Christie, Chairman of Blakes. “His experience and expertise will be an excellent complement to the IP practice we already have at Blakes. It is with great pleasure that I welcome him to our Firm.”

Mr. Hayes’s practice focuses on litigation and commercial matters relating to copyright, entertainment and media, information technology, privacy and access to information. He has extensive experience with regulatory matters and Canadian federal tribunals, including the Copyright Board. He has written and lectured extensively on issues relating to copyright, entertainment law, technology and the Internet and is the co-author of The Cyberspace is not a No Law Land, the landmark 1997 study commissioned by Industry Canada on liability on the Internet. He is also ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and is a Certified Specialist in both civil litigation and intellectual property (Copyright). Prior to joining Blakes, Mr. Hayes was a partner at Ogilvy Renault in Toronto.

Founded in 1856, Blakes has over 500 lawyers in offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and China. In October, and for the second consecutive year, Blakes was the only law firm to earn a place on the 2004 list of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” released by the national newsmagazine, Maclean’s. The Firm’s signature “Blakes means business” is not just a catch phrase but a discipline that defines how Blakes helps clients achieve their business objectives. More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s Web site at www.blakes.com.

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