Sharon E. Groom 

Co-Chair, Trademarks and Licensing
Toronto  t: 416.865.7152  |  e: sharon.groom@mcmillan.ca

Sharon E. Groom

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7152
e: sharon.groom@mcmillan.ca

overview

Sharon is a member of McMillan's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group as well as its Competition Law Group. Her practice focuses on these areas.

Sharon has an extensive background in intellectual property having worked in private practice specializing in Canadian and US trademarks and copyright, as well as having been a Hearing Officer for the Trademarks Opposition Board.

She also brings a wealth of international corporate commercial and business expertise gained as in-house counsel for companies in the financial services, publishing and technology industries. Her positions have included Senior Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel, Americas, for Thomas Cook; Director of Legal and Administrative Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Harlequin Enterprises Limited where she managed a global portfolio of over 2,500 trademarks. She has also held a position as Corporate Legal Counsel for Newbridge Networks Corporation (now Alcatel Lucent).

Sharon is also an adjudicator for Resolution Canada Inc. to hear disputes over .ca domain names.

Sharon is on the Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Chair of its Nominations and Governance committee.

Presentations

Key Points to Consider in Drafting Sponsorship Agreements – Moderated Table Topic Discussion
Private practice versus in-house
Patent and Trade-mark Licensing 101

Publications

Cannabis-related Trade-marks: Take Care in Choosing Correctly
CASL Private Right of Action Delayed; Enforcement by CRTC Continues
Avoiding Liability when using Keyword Advertising
Are You Ready for CASL's Private Right of Action?
It's Time for Your Company's Cyber-health Check-up
CRTC Imposes $1.1 Million Penalty for Alleged CASL Violation
Top Things You Can Do To Annoy Your Trade-marks Lawyer
Green Eggs And Spam: The Surprising Side Dish to Canada's Anti-Spam Law that May Catch Software Businesses Off Guard
The Internet Never Forgets: Google Inc.'s "right to be forgotten" EU ruling and its implications in Canada
Key Differences between US and Canadian Anti-Spam Laws
Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Canada's Anti-spam Law
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News

McMillan LLP ranks among top Canadian patent and trademark firms in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars Handbook
Dale Schlosser, Sharon Groom and Peter Giddens listed in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)
Sharon Groom, co-chairing Leadership for Women Lawyers Conference

Education

  • INSEAD (Senior Executive Business Management Program), France - 2000
  • Queen's University, LLB - 1986
  • Queen's University, B.Mus. (Piano Performance) - 1983

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1988

Practices

intellectual property
CASL - spam and other electronic threats
fintech
trademarks
marketing and advertising
licensing
technology
copyright
confidential information
privacy and data protection
cybersecurity
franchise and distribution
franchising and distribution disputes

Industries

food, beverage and agribusiness
media, communications and entertainment
automotive
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
information technology
franchising and distribution
manufacturing, distribution and retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Associate member of the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group
  • Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Trademark Association
  • Internet Policy Advocacy Subcommittee of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association
  • Adjudicator, Resolution Canada Inc.
  • Intellectual Property Committee of Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts
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Sharon is a member of McMillan's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group as well as its Competition Law Group. Her practice focuses on these areas.

Sharon has an extensive background in intellectual property having worked in private practice specializing in Canadian and US trademarks and copyright, as well as having been a Hearing Officer for the Trademarks Opposition Board.

She also brings a wealth of international corporate commercial and business expertise gained as in-house counsel for companies in the financial services, publishing and technology industries. Her positions have included Senior Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel, Americas, for Thomas Cook; Director of Legal and Administrative Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Harlequin Enterprises Limited where she managed a global portfolio of over 2,500 trademarks. She has also held a position as Corporate Legal Counsel for Newbridge Networks Corporation (now Alcatel Lucent).

Sharon is also an adjudicator for Resolution Canada Inc. to hear disputes over .ca domain names.

Sharon is on the Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Chair of its Nominations and Governance committee.

May 2015
Key Points to Consider in Drafting Sponsorship Agreements – Moderated Table Topic Discussion
International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California
May 2012
Private practice versus in-house
Co-chair and speaker, CWI Leadership for Women Lawyers Conference
April 2012
Patent and Trade-mark Licensing 101
Moderator, IPIC