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Sharon Groom is an accomplished intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience in Canadian and US trademarks and copyright, and a secondary focus on privacy and data protection. Sharon assists clients in the banking, media, communications, entertainment, and technology sectors.

Over her distinguished legal career, Sharon gained a wealth of international corporate commercial and business expertise as in-house counsel for companies in the financial services, technology and publishing industries. As director of legal and administrative affairs and assistant general counsel for Harlequin Enterprises, she managed a global portfolio of over 2,500 trademarks.

Sharon also held the position of senior vice president, risk management and general counsel, Americas, for Thomas Cook, and served as corporate legal counsel for Newbridge Networks Corporation (now Alcatel Lucent).

Formerly a hearing officer for the Trademarks Opposition Board, Sharon currently acts as an adjudicator for Resolution Canada Inc. in disputes over .ca domain names. She is a leader of the firm’s national Intellectual Property Group.



Speaking Engagements

Key Points to Consider in Drafting Sponsorship Agreements – Moderated Table Topic Discussion International Trademark Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California

May 2015

Private practice versus in-house Co-chair and speaker, CWI Leadership for Women Lawyers Conference

May 2012

Patent and Trade-mark Licensing 101 Moderator, IPIC

April 2012

Sponsorship Agreements Presenter, Strategic Sponsorship Marketing: The Canadian Summit

October 2011

News


Rankings & Recognition

  • World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2021

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of The Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Trademark Association
  • Non-traditional Trademarks committee of the International Trademark Association
  • Adjudicator, Resolution Canada Inc.

Education & Admissions

1988
Called to the Ontario bar
2000
INSEAD (Senior Executive Business Management Program), France
1986
LLB Queen's University
1983
B.Mus. (Piano Performance)Queen's University

Publications

Insights by Sharon E. Groom (19 Posts)

COVID-19: Expedited Examination of Canadian Trademark Applications

Dec 16, 2020

CIPO is now taking requests to expedite the examination of Canadian trademark applications related to COVID-19 goods and services.

Trademark Law: Change in Practice Regarding Extensions of Time in Examination

Aug 4, 2020

CIPO has changed its practice regarding time extensions to file responses to examiner's reports. Such guidance will affect Canadian prosecution strategies.

Implied Trademark Licenses: A Case Study

Apr 12, 2020

When will a trademark license granted from one party to another be implied?  The Federal Court in the Core Consultants Realty[1] decision (“Core Consultants”) recently had an opportunity to revisit this question.

Bill C-4 Receives Royal Assent: Incoming Changes to the Intellectual Property Landscape

Mar 24, 2020

New intellectual property provisions passed into law following Canada's ratification of the "new NAFTA", the
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

TOP TWELVE THINGS TO KNOW – New Canadian Trademarks Act June 17, 2019

Jun 4, 2019

On June 17, 2019 major changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into force.

Trademarks: Material Misstatements in Declarations of Use Revisited

Jan 18, 2019

The impact of misstatements in a declaration of use was recently revisited in the decision of Roots Corporation v. YM Inc. (Sales), 2019 FC 16

The Top 10 Trademark Cases of 2017

Jan 15, 2018

McMillan LLP's Intellectual Property group welcomes readers into 2018. Our gift is a top 10 list of trademark cases from Canadian case law from 2017

Canadian Anti-Spam Law: What you still need to know about CASL

Nov 30, 2017

Join the discussion where legal and industry leaders will provide the latest updates on CASL and how organizations are rising to the compliance challenge.

Cannabis-related Trade-marks: Take Care in Choosing Correctly

Nov 13, 2017

Cannabis-related Trade-marks: Take Care in Choosing Correctly

CASL Private Right of Action Delayed; Enforcement by CRTC Continues

Jun 7, 2017

CASL Private Right of Action Delayed; Enforcement by CRTC Continues

Avoiding Liability when using Keyword Advertising

Feb 6, 2017

Avoiding Liability when using Keyword Advertising

Are You Ready for CASL’s Private Right of Action?

Jan 30, 2017

Are You Ready for CASL's Private Right of Action?

Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Seminar

Nov 3, 2016

As organizations are increasing their investment in data safeguards, McMillan’s Privacy Group would like to help our clients understand their core privacy, data protection and cybersecurity obligations and related legal issues.

It’s Time for Your Company’s Cyber-health Check-up

Jul 12, 2016

It's Time for Your Company's Cyber-health Check-up

CRTC Imposes $1.1 Million Penalty for Alleged CASL Violation

Mar 7, 2015

CRTC Imposes $1.1 Million Penalty for Alleged CASL Violation

Top Things You Can Do To Annoy Your Trade-marks Lawyer

Feb 11, 2015

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

Dec 2, 2014

Green Eggs And Spam: The Surprising Side Dish to Canadas Anti-Spam Law that May Catch Software Businesses off Guard

Key Differences between US and Canadian Anti-Spam Laws

Apr 14, 2014

Key Differences between US and Canadian Anti-Spam Laws

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Canada’s Anti-spam Law

Jan 13, 2014

Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Canada's Anti-spam Law