Canada: Trademarks 2018

In this chapter we highlight 48 of Canada’s top trademark specialists who are recognised for their excellent work representing and advising commercial entities on a variety of trademark matters, including litigation, trademark filings and portfolio management. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Cynthia Rowden Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto
2. Daniel R Bereskin QC Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto
3. Sheldon Burshtein Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
4. Janet M Fuhrer Ridout & Maybee LLP, Ottawa
5. Robert A MacDonald Gowling WLG, Ottawa

IP boutique Bereskin & Parr performs well with nine listings in this chapter, highlighting its strong trademarks offering.
Cynthia Rowden tops our rankings this year, with peers describing her as “a superstar” and “a leading mind in the trademark space”. Respondents highlight her “incredible knowledge”, which spans all areas of trademark and copyright law.
Daniel Bereskin QC is one of the premier names in the market, who is regarded as “a leading light” with an “outstanding” practice. He has particular expertise in managing trademark portfolios for large multinational clients.
Scott MacKendrick is highlighted by peers as “one of the top practitioners in Canada”, who is “superb across prosecution, opposition and contentious trademark matters.”
Market commentators praise Jonathan Colombo as “a brilliant practitioner” who is both “excellent” and “knowledgeable” in the trademark space. He has extensive litigation experience representing major international brands.
Susan Keri is “a strong name” in the Canadian trademark market, with expertise in the full range of trademark law including the management of trademark portfolios for multinationals.

Gowling WLG earns an impressive six listings this year.
Robert MacDonald is praised by peers as “a pre-eminent name in the field” of trademark law who “continually impresses clients with his knowledge and professionalism”.
Kelly Gill is an “outstanding” and “extremely knowledgeable” trademark litigation specialist who comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike.  
Monique Couture draws praise from peers as “an excellent practitioner”. She specialises in trademark litigation issues ranging from trademark enforcement to anti-counterfeiting.
Frank Mulock is considered “a superstar” by respondents this year, who are impressed by his expertise in trademark enforcement, portfolio management and licensing matters.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh achieves five listings this year.
The “excellent” Philip Lapin enjoys a fantastic reputation among peers, who describe him as “one of the top trademark lawyers in Canada” and “a leading mind in the space”. His ability to “really think outside the box” is identified as a particular strength of his practice.
Keltie Sim Luft ranks prominently this year for her “excellent” practice, focusing on domestic and international clearance, prosecution and trademark portfolio management.
Christian Bolduc comes highly recommended by market commentators for his “practical approach” as well as his expertise in the full range of trademark matters. One peer comments, “He really knows trademark law.”
François Guay is one of the best-known IP litigators in the Canadian market, and offers over 35 years of experience handling trademark disputes.
Mark Evans stands out for his extensive experience advising high-profile brands on the full range of trademark matters, with a special focus on trademark protection, portfolio management and litigation.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon sees three practitioners listed here. 
Sheldon Burshtein is a well-established figure in the Canadian market and is highly respected for his top-tier work handling trademark clearance, enforcement and prosecution. One source notes, “He has a lot of experience with trademarks.”
Gary Daniel ranks highly this year and is considered “a top-notch name” in the market. He is recommended for his work obtaining, enforcing and licensing trademark matters.
Anthony Prenol is praised by peers internationally as “a really brilliant lawyer who knows his stuff”, and is considered a “go-to name in Canada” for trademark and copyright law.

Robic performs well this year, with a total of three practitioners listed.
Laurent Carrière is described as “a leading mind in the trademark space” by peers who note he is “an outstanding practitioner and does everything possible for his clients”. 
Bob Sotiriadis is “a great litigator” who boasts a first-rate practice and is known for his excellent work on IP litigation and related transactional matters.
François Grenier has significant expertise as a trademark litigator, and advises multinational clients across a broad range of sectors on IP matters.

Janet Fuhrer at Ridout & Maybee is widely recognised as one of the top practitioners in the Canadian market, whom respondents describe as “outstanding and very knowledgeable”.

The “excellent” Chantal Desjardins from Goudreau Gage Dubuc is “one of the stars” of the Canadian market. She has considerable experience in the protection and defence of trademarks and making trademark applications.

Peter Giddens at McMillan is described by commentators as “a prominent mind in the trademarks field” and is widely regarded to be an “outstanding lawyer”.

Henry Lue of Wilson Lue is a highly regarded figure in the Canadian market. He commands over 20 years of experience handling trademark agency and litigation matters.

Justine Wiebe at Border Ladner Gervais focuses her practice on global clearance and trademark protection, and boasts strong experience dealing with non-traditional and pharmaceutical marks.

Christopher Aide from Baker McKenzie is highly regarded by peers, who say he is “an excellent practitioner. He possesses over 25 years of experience in global trademark and design portfolio management and global brand protection.

Dominique Hussey at Bennett Jones is “one to watch” in the trademarks space, according to sources, and boasts “a good reputation” in pharma/biotech patents and trademark litigation.

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