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Canada: Trademark Agents 2016

Thirteen practitioners have been identified in this year’s chapter for their expertise in registration licensing, copyright, competition and litigation issues relating to trademarks.

Bereskin & Parr leads our research with four listings. Jonathan Burkinshaw is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research and is recommended for his “responsiveness and practical advice”. His practice focuses on all aspects of brand protection, including advising on registration and filings and representing clients on opposition and expungement proceedings and infringement matters. Jane Sarjeant specialises in trademark searching and prosecution and also provides expertise in filing applications, opposition and cancellation procedure. One client says, "She is very good at giving detailed advice tailored to our needs." The “highly professional” Elizabeth Afolabi focuses on trademark prosecution and opposition proceedings and advises on copyright, regulatory and new media law. Christina Capone Settimi has experience in licensing, prosecution, opposition and expungement proceedings and related litigation. She is noted as “very knowledgeable in areas important to the growth of the client’s business”.

Karin Binder at Gowling WLG specialises in all aspects of trademark prosecution including registrability, filing and processing and opposition procedures. She “understands the entire gamut of trademark matters from start to finish”. The “excellent” Margaret Fitzpatrick is recognised for her extensive trademark prosecution, portfolio management and licensing experience in the fashion industry, food and beverage, and the oil and gas industry. One source notes, "She is very client-friendly and responsive."

Martin Kratz QC leads the intellectual property practice at Bennett Jones and is one of the most highly recommended trademark agents in our research. He focuses on trademark matters related to IP and technology law. He is recommended as “a dynamic and creative trademark expert”. Dominique Hussey’s practice focuses on pharmaceutical trademark matters including regulation and branding. She also has expertise in litigation relating to pharmaceuticals trademarks.

Aird & Berlis receives two listings. Ken Clark is both a leading trademark agent and lawyer with “a command of the practice of trademark law”. Grant Cansfield is chair of the licensing team where he “provides excellent counsel and advice on a range of trademark issues”.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Christine de Lint has extensive experience in trademark clearance, filing and prosecutions including oppositions. She is consistently recommended as a leading in her field. Andrea Ashton provides a depth of knowledge and experience of trademark prosecution stemming from over a decade of practice.

Coleen Morrison of Marks & Clerk is highly recommended for her prosecution and opposition practice with respondents noting she is” very on the ball and responsive”.

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