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Canada: Trademarks 2016

We highlight 43 leading individuals for their impressive work in the field. They boast a proven track record in representing and advising companies from a range of industries on trademark matters such as dilution cases, counterfeiting, false advertising, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, domain name administrative proceedings, due diligence and prosecution and maintenance of trademarks.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Robert MacDonald Gowling WLG, Ottawa
Laurent Carrière Robic, Montreal
Toni Polson Ashton Sim IP Practice, Toronto
Sheldon Burshtein Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
Cynthia Rowden Bereskin & Parr, Toronto

Bereskin & Parr leads the research this year with an impressive nine listings. Founding partner Daniel Bereskin boasts a great reputation in the market for his “exceptional experience” advising companies on all areas of intellectual property law. Head of the trademarks practice group Cynthia Rowden regularly handles trademark portfolios for some of the country’s largest companies, and is known for being “absolutely outstanding at prosecution”. The “brilliant” Donald Cameron is a “superb intellectual property litigator” who assists clients in relation to trademark, copyright and licensing law. Janice Bereskin is highlighted for her strong experience across trademarks, including filings, portfolio management and oppositions.

Gowling WLG achieves six nominations in this chapter, including the “pre-eminent” Robert MacDonald. Co-leader of the intellectual property group, he is known for his “stellar work” handling contentious trademark issues. He is joined by Kelly Gill, leader of the firm’s trademarks, brands and designs group, who peers consider “a formidable advocate”. The “terrifically clever” Monique Couture is a leading trademark enforcement lawyer, who represents clients from the pharmaceutical, entertainment, fashion and manufacturing industries. Paul Blanchard is a favourite among clients who praise the “precision and accuracy” of his work. Known for his “high-quality” IP practice, Frank Mulock is considered a first port of call for clients seeking counsel on portfolio management, licensing and trademark prosecution, while the “excellent” Douglas Fyfe proficiently advises clients on trademark rights, opposition and litigation.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is represented by five leading lawyers in this chapter. Chair of the firm’s trademark practice group Philip Lapin is admired for his superb attention to detail in prosecution matters. Mark Evans is renowned for his “really good advocacy skills”, and possesses expertise in all aspects of the trademark process, from brand selection to merchandising. Montreal-based François Guay has over 30 years of experience working with intellectual property law and possesses an impressive roster of clients that includes Microsoft Corporation, Air Canada and Nike.

The “accomplished” Laurent Carrière is one of four individuals at Robic who obtain listings this year. He is highly regarded by market sources for his trademark prosecution skills and experience. Alongside him “excellent litigator” François Grenier is valued by clients for his wide-ranging sector expertise in trademark matters, covering industries including publishing, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

At Blake Cassels & Graydon, the “stand-out” Sheldon Burshtein gains recognition for his “leading IP practice”, which has a particular focus on the technology sector. Antonio Turco is a well-known IP litigator, known for the “creative and innovative representation” that he delivers to clients.

Toni Polson Ashton at Sim IP Practice is a “prominent figure” in the Canadian market. She is a “real authority on trademark law”, and frequently counsels clients on trademark licensing, selection and portfolio management. 

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