Bennett Jones LLP

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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“A solid IP firm with an experienced, highly communicative and nimble team of trademark agents and litigators, Bennett Jones is excellent at strategy and planning.” The side has traditionally strong roots in prosecution, with Alexander McQueen, Ferrero and Bayer all using its brand protection services. Heading up the Toronto office is “client-favourite Dominique Hussey. Strong and creative she delivers high-quality advice on both prosecution and enforcement matters”. One customer comments: “She knows Canadian legislation inside out and we trust her implicitly with our most significant matters and she always hits a home run.” She is frequently paired with Jeilah Chan in feedback, with peers noting their “excellent and admirable work. Jeilah is a valuable asset to any team and demonstrates a smart, practical and business-savvy approach. She possesses a high degree of expertise, a client-focused attitude and always strives to find a solution that meets their demands while avoiding potential risks”. They recently joined forces to support Canopy Growth in a number of domain takedown requests for Instagram and Facebook, addressing infringement issues across Canopy’s entire portfolio. WTR 1000 newcomer Melissa Dimilta has also been instrumental in this matter. “Melissa is a crucial member of the Bennett Jones crew, works efficiently alongside her team members and she provides an attentive service that consistently demonstrates strong legal know-how. Melissa’s strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as her dedication sets her apart from others.” Solidifying the firm’s stellar prosecution offering are Kimberly Cunningham, Robert McDonald and Sebastien Gittens. Cunningham and McDonald have been advising Champion Petfoods, Canada’s largest pet food manufacturer, on the worldwide prosecution and maintenance of more than 350 applications and registrations in 60 countries. Gittens has also been advising on global prosecution strategies for Smart Technologies ULC, dispensing well-thought-out counsel on the evolution of its brands. He is also a dab hand at IP-related licensing and transactions, working closely with Stephen Burns, who co-leads the innovation, technology and branding practice. Burns astutely brokers IP-rich transactions and is at ease at the negotiation table.

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