Canada: Trademarks 2017

In this chapter we highlight 44 of Canada’s leading trademarks specialists. The featured practitioners are selected for their expertise representing and advising companies on a range of trademark matters, from filings and prosecution to infringement proceedings and portfolio management.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Cynthia Rowden Bereskin & Parr, Toronto
2. Daniel Bereskin QC Bereskin & Parr, Toronto
3. Robert MacDonald Gowling WLG, Ottawa
4. Toni Polson Ashton SIM. IP Practice, Toronto
5. Janet Fuhrer Ridout & Maybee, Ottawa
6. Marijo Coates Deeth Williams Wall, Toronto

Specialist intellectual property firm BERESKIN & PARR achieves eight nominations in this chapter, leading our research this year.
Cynthia Rowden heads the firm’s trademarks practice group and is recognised for “working at a fantastic level”. One source remarks, “She’s phenomenal - a fantastic trademarks lawyer.”
Founding partner Daniel Bereskin is “the dean of Canadian trademark law” whose proficiency across every aspect of intellectual property law led one source to comment, “He simply can’t be left off any trademark shortlist.”
Donald Cameron is extremely well regarded in the market for his expertise in intellectual property litigation spanning a range of industries and technologies.

GOWLING WLG’s seven listings are led by co-head of the firm’s IP practice Robert MacDonald. He boasts more than three decades of experience in every facet of trademark law, and is held in particularly high esteem for his prowess in contentious matters.
In Toronto, trademark specialist Kelly  Gill is described by sources as an experienced litigator, with one saying, “I am continually impressed by his level of knowledge and expertise.”
“Powerhouse advocate” Monique Couture wins plaudits from sources for her exhaustive knowledge of Canadian trademark law. She is considered one of the country’s foremost trademark enforcement practitioners.

National IP firm SMART & BIGGAR/FETHERSTONHAUGH demonstrates its depth of expertise with five leading lawyers nominated.
Philip Lapin chairs the firm’s trademark practice group and impresses interviewees with his work on portfolio management, licencing and brand protection. One source notes: “He really knows trademark law; I deal with him a lot and have an awful lot of respect for him.”
“Excellent trademark lawyer” Mark Evans is a key figure in Toronto. In addition to the advocacy skills for which he is renowned, he is noted for his “business-focused approach when negotiating settlement agreements”.
Christian Bolduc is regarded as “knowledgeable, practical and understanding” and draws praise for his ability “to meet his clients’ business needs”. He enjoys a superb reputation in the market for his broad practice, which encompasses the full spectrum of trademark law.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON’s four listings in our research include Sheldon Burshtein, whose outstanding practice spans a wide array of industries from sports and entertainment to technology and e-commerce.
Gary Daniel is described by sources as “a first-class IP advocate” whose work in contentious trademark and copyright matters earns him widespread acclaim.

Noted IP outfit ROBIC is home to three leading trademark practitioners, including the highly regarded Laurent Carrière. While he demonstrates expertise in a number of areas across trademark law, clients are quick to identify his sophisticated understanding of trademark opposition proceedings as an area of real strength.
Dedicated patent and trademark practitioner Bob Sotiriadis is cited as one of the premier IP litigators in the country. Recent highlights include his successful defence of Cascades Canada in their dispute with Irving Consumer Products.
Another exceptional litigator at the firm’s Montreal office, François Grenier is widely acknowledged as a forceful and proficient courtroom operator whose expertise covers a wide array of industries.

DEETH WILLIAMS WALL founding member Marijo Coates is “a fantastic lawyer” with a profound knowledge of trademark protection spanning diverse industries.

Janet Fuhrer at RIDOUT & MAYBEE wins recognition for the scope of her expertise. Described by one source as “extremely knowledgeable”, she is singled out for the consistent excellence of her advice throughout a trademark’s life cycle, from pre-filing to protection.

At SIM IP PRACTICE, Toni Polson Ashton boasts a stellar reputation for her ability to get to the heart of complicated trademark issues. She is frequently identified by peers and clients as one of the elite practitioners in Canadian trademark law. 

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