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Janet M. Fuhrer

Partner* - Barrister & Solicitor, Trademark Agent

Profile

Janet Fuhrer is a partner of Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm’s Ottawa office and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Janet’s practice focuses on trademark and copyright matters, pre-clearance of trademarks, trade names and domain names, preparing, filing and processing of trademark and copyright applications, representing clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings and trademark and copyright litigation. She also provides advice on strategies for the maintenance and protection of intellectual property, licensing, due diligence and securitization of intellectual property, confidential disclosure agreements, trade secrets and privacy issues.

Janet has been granted the Certified Specialist designation in Intellectual Property Trademark/Copyright Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). She has been recognized in the 2011 Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook, the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars of 2014 and in the 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

She is involved in numerous professional activities and is a frequent speaker and moderator at various IP conferences and meetings.

Janet served as President of the Canadian Bar Association from 2015-2016 and as President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada from 2010-2011. Janet will be teaching the Trademarks and Unfair Competition course at Queen’s Law until the end of 2016.

*Janet Fuhrer Professional Corporation

 

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Education & Qualifications

  • University of Toronto, Trinity College (1980-1982)
  • LL.B., Queen’s University (1985)
  • Barrister & Solicitor, Province of Ontario (1987)
  • Registered Trademark Agent, Canada (1987)
  • LL.M. (e-Business), York University, Osgoode Hall Law School (2003)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Certified Specialist – Intellectual Property Law: Trademarks/Copyright (2004)

Memberships

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – IPIC – Vice-President, Fellow & Past-President (2010-2011)
  • Canadian Bar Association – CBA – National Sections Council Executive (Past Chair) & Past President (2015-2016)
  • Ontario Bar Association – OBA – Strategic Planning Committee (Chair)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada – LSUC – Intellectual Property Specialist Certification Committee (Past Chair)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association – AIPLA – Trademarks Treaties & International Law Committee (Chair)
  • International Trademark Association – INTA – Trademarks Agents Examination Board (Past Chair)
  • Canada Law Book’s Canadian Patent Reporter – CPR – Editorial Board (Member)

Selected Cases

Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal

  • Gemological Institute of America v. Gemology Headquarters International, 2014 FC 1153 (FCA Judgment dated 13-Nov-15 set aside judgment of the Federal Court dated December 2, 2014.)
  • Ontario Dental Assistants Association v. Canadian Dental Association, 2013 FC 266; 2013 FCA 279
  • Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled v. Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled, 2004 FC 1357
  • College of Chiropodists of Ontario v. Canadian Podiatric Medical Assn., 2004 FC 1774

Trademarks Opposition Board

  • Survival Systems Training Limited v. Survival Systems Holdings Limited, 2016 TMOB 14 (CanLII)
  • Gemological Institute of America, Inc. v. Gemology Headquarters International, LLC, 2012 TMOB 171; 2012 TMOB 171; 2013 TMOB 63; 2013 TMOB 64 (CanLII)
  • Starkins v. Second Round, Inc., 2009 CanLII 90405
  • Sport Chek International 2000 Ltd v. Max Mara Fashion Group SRL, 2007 CanLII 80849
  • Yao Tsai Company Limited v. Chan, 2003 CanLII 71291
  • Société National des Chemins de Fer Francais v. Orient Express Hotels Inc. (2002), 24 CPR (4th) 388
  • Mister Coffee & Services Inc. v. Mr. Coffee, Inc. (2002), 23 CPR (4th) 544
  • Jalite Public Limited Company v. Lencina (2001), 19 CPR (4th) 406
  • Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club Ltd. v. DP Fox KC Holdings, Ltd. (2001), 13 CPR (4th) 364
  • Institut National des Appellations D’Origine v. Chock Full O’Nuts (2000), 9 CPR (4th) 394
  • Noma Inc. v. Nomaco Inc. (1999), 4 CPR (4th) 388
  • Procter & Gamble Inc. v. Hunter Packaging Ltd. (1999), 2 CPR (4th) 266
  • National Cheese Co. v. Minerva Agricola Alimentaire S.R.L. (1999), 2 CPR (4th) 569
  • Bank of Montreal v. Midland Walywn Capital Inc. (1998), 86 CPR (3d) 555
  • Astro Dairy Products Ltd. v. Compagnie Gervais Danone (1997), 85 CPR 80
  • Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. v. Plesman Publications Ltd. (1997), 77 CPR (3d) 370
  • Consumers Distributing Inc. v. ony Kabushiki Kaisha (1997), 76 CPR (3d) 106
  • Canada Post Corp. v. Wagon Post Ltd. (1996), 67 CPR (3d) 83

Professional Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Intellectual Property Law 2017
  • Best Lawyers in Ontario 2016
  • Chambers Canada 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Chambers Global 2014
  • Chambers Global Guide 2012
  • Expert Guides: Trademark 2016
  • Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2012, 2014
  • The 2017 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • The 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
  • Lexpert Directory Peer Ranked 2013
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars – 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook 2011
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2014, 2015, 2016 – Trademarks
  • WIPR Leaders 2016, 2017*
  • WTR 1000 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals**

*Note: WIPR = World IP Review
**Note: WTR = World Trademark Review

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