Aiyaz Alibhai

WTR Research

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

Bronze - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

With eleven Canadian offices seamlessly integrated in one extensive network, as well as an outpost in London, Miller Thomson has all bases covered for brand owners. Its thriving prosecution offering is highly sought after by domestic and international brands, as it marries keen trademark acumen with strategic counsel – a strong combination that provides patrons with commercially minded solutions. Leading the group and making his debut in the WTR 1000 this year, David Reive has his finger on the pulse of industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and footwear. When combined with his extensive network of international contacts, nothing is beyond his technical or geographical capabilities. Alongside him in the Toronto office is Catherine Dennis Brooks, who “has a vast understanding across all areas of brand protection. Customers trust her judgement in advertising matters as well, and she is able to give them a cohesive view of North American practices”. In Montreal, Alexandre Ajami represents rights holders in opposition proceedings and expertly drafts licence agreements. When it comes to unfair competition, he handles matters with dexterity. “An awesome partner to work with”, Wayne Logan is a safe port of call for those in Calgary, providing “knowledgeable, helpful, and insightful advice from ideation through to grant. All communication with Wayne is swift and effective, and he is always on top of any issues or roadblocks that might arise”. Teaming up with Reive, Aiyaz Alibhai has been battling it out against Hilton Worldwide Holding, having successfully expunged its trademark registration for Waldorf Astoria, and going on to represent the client at the Federal Court in one of the most important decisions of 2020 that addressed the interpretation of use in an online settling. “An exceptional attorney with a broad understanding of the law, Aiyaz is also responsive, professional, and dedicated to providing the greatest possible level of service.” Completing the line-up in Kitchener-Waterloo is the “prompt, clear, and helpful” David Schnurr. In the words of one customer: “Being able to rely on someone so knowledgeable has been crucial. He goes out of his way to explain his recommendations and presents us with different options based on our needs. David also has access to a vast resources through his firm, which has proved useful in circumstances where IP issues intersect with other elements of our business. He is our single point of contact for all our trademark needs.”

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