Cynthia Rowden is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Trademarks practice group.
Cynthia specializes in all areas of trademark and copyright law. Much of her practice relates to managing the international trademark portfolios of large Canadian companies, and the Canadian portfolios of some of the biggest trademark owners in the world. For Canadian companies, her focus is expanding brand protection around the world. Cynthia's practice includes advice on selecting and protecting new marks, opposition and cancellation proceedings, strategy for enforcement, and Internet-related intellectual property issues.
Cynthia was listed in the "Leading Lawyers" category in the 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada and was recognized as an industry leader and expert in her field in World Trademark Review 1000 2017. With Cynthia's leadership, the firm has maintained Tier 1 rankings in both Trade Mark Prosecution and Trade Mark Contentious in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars Handbook year after year. Internationally recognized as a leading trademark practitioner, Cynthia was also named in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars - Top 250 Women in IP. Cynthia is recognized as a Band 1 practitioner in Chambers Global 2016 and is "highly esteemed for her unrivalled knowledge of trademark law". She has been named among the most highly regarded individuals in intellectual property in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and has been awarded "Trademarks Lawyer of the Year" by Who's Who Legal and "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Intellectual Property Law. Cynthia was listed as one of North America's "Most Highly Regarded Individuals" in Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2016, having developed a reputation for consistency in excellence across the full spectrum of trademark-related matters. She was honoured with the International Trademark Association (INTA) President's Award, being noted as a "dedicated, knowledgeable and expert practitioner".
Cynthia has chaired and served on numerous committees involved in trademark law, Internet and domain name law and international trademark protection. She is a past President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), and has previously chaired both its Trade-mark Joint Liaison and Trade-mark Legislation Committees. She is currently a member of the Institute's Trade-mark Legislation Committee. Cynthia was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the INTA, and currently chairs the Canada subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee.
Cynthia is a frequent writer and speaker on trademark law, and has delivered an annual paper on recent developments in trademark law presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Two bills regarding trademark law in Canada were passed in 2014, with some provisions - primarily dealing with improved remedies to deal with counterfeit - being proclaimed in force in late 2014 and January 2015. It is too early to see if these amendments, passed as part of the Combating Counterfeit...