Bereskin & Parr 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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“Bereskin & Parr has a remarkable depth of knowledge and experience. Its team is very engaged in the trademark community, contributes to thought leadership activity as well as the advancement of the law, and consistently delivers a top-notch service.” Over the past five decades, Bereskin & Parr has gone from strength to strength, handling a significant amount of prosecution work and showcasing incredible skill when handling complex disputes. Founding partner Daniel Bereskin is responsible for the firm’s exceptional reputation. As a testament to his high standing, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in November 2020 for his contributions to IP law. Leading the group is Janice Bereskin, a brand management maven who has been overseeing portfolios for the likes of Canada Goose, who also rely on her for global anti-counterfeiting and enforcement advice. Looking deeper into the prosecution line-up, Jonathan BurkinshawMeghan Dillon, Terry Edwards and Susan Keri are all sought after by global corporations for smart portfolio management. There has been a lot of interesting work to get stuck into recently: Burkinshaw has been representing Johnson & Johnson in managing its Canadian portfolio relating to its medical devices; Dillon has been handling the international portfolio for a leading Canadian multinational frozen food company; Edwards covers all bases for her patrons, including oppositions and non-use proceedings; and Keri has a knack for the fine print of intricate commercial transactions. Garnering glowing feedback from her patrons is Mina Chana: “Mina is crucial to the upkeep of our portfolio and she advises on enforcement matters, all while managing other counsel as well as offering her own practical input. She takes complex issues, makes them easy to understand and finds unique, inspired solutions that enable us to achieve our expansion and enforcement goals.” Taking charge in Montreal, Brigitte Chan “is a responsive, practical and creative lawyer”. She is relied on heavily for time-sensitive trademark searches, infringement advice, and licence agreement support. “Brigitte’s business-minded nature means that she has a clear, efficient communication style and she adds tremendous value through her fantastic brainstorming capabilities.” Alongside her, WTR 1000 newcomer François Larose is fluent in both French and English, and acts as a go-to for all French matters. He has also been aiding a premier entertainment company with the prosecution of their trademarks. In addition to its prosecution work, the firm has a crack litigation squad, consisting of Scott MacKendrickMark Robbins and Donald Cameron. Effortlessly traversing both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, “MacKendrick has considerable expertise in oppositions”, recently representing industrial supplier FCA US LLC in proceedings initiated by Pentastar. Robbins is a tenacious advocate in infringement disputes, with an impressive client roster that includes both foreign and domestic businesses. With knowledge that extends beyond trademarks into patent and copyright law, Cameron shares his insights as editor of the Canadian IP Benchbooks, a set of three textbooks on Canadian IPlaw.

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