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.
CIPO is now taking requests to expedite the examination of Canadian trademark applications related to COVID-19 goods and services.
CIPO has changed its practice regarding time extensions to file responses to examiner's reports. Such guidance will affect Canadian prosecution strategies.
When will a trademark license granted from one party to another be implied? The Federal Court in the Core Consultants Realty decision (“Core Consultants”) recently had an opportunity to revisit this question.
New intellectual property provisions passed into law following Canada's ratification of the "new NAFTA", the
Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)
On June 17, 2019 major changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act will come into force.
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
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
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