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Jennifer is a lawyer practising as part of BLG's specialized Business Law group. Jennifer serves clients in the life sciences and agricultural sectors, with a particular focus on protecting her client's intellectual property rights. Jennifer has extensive experience in trademark matters, including the clearance, acquisition, and litigation of intellectual property rights in Canada and abroad.
Jennifer has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada in trademark infringement and expungement proceedings, and before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office's Trademark Opposition Board in opposition and non-use cancellation proceedings.
Jennifer is known for her exemplary client service. Her clients view her as a trusted business advisor who understands their business. Jennifer is actively involved in the intellectual property law community, serving on committees of the International Trademarks Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). She is a frequent speaker on topics relevant to business owners. Prior to joining BLG in 2019, Jennifer was an associate at a top-tier national intellectual property firm, practicing in both their Toronto and Ottawa offices.
Successfully defended client’s use of “Locust Lane” name in Federal Court proceeding alleging passing off: Hidden Bench Vineyards & Winery Inc. v. Locust Lane Estate Winery Corp., 2021 FC 156
Successfully represented client in Federal Court appeal of two Trademark Opposition Board decisions: Beverly Hills Jewellers MFG Ltd. v. Corona Jewellery Company Ltd., 2021 FC 673
Successfully represented client in opposition proceedings before the Trademark Opposition Board: AutoCanada Holdings Inc. v Autocapital Canada Inc., 2019 TMOB 142
Manage global trademarks portfolio (25+ countries) for a global cosmetics company, including clearance, global filing strategies and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights
Negotiated resolution of trademark dispute between cannabis companies
Host and Speaker, "Practical Advice for Navigating the New and Not Inherently Distinctive Hurdle During Examination of Trademarks In Canada", INTA Annual (Virtual) Meeting , November 18, 2021.