Licensing & Transactions
Copyright & Digital Media
B.A., Carleton University, 1975
LL.B., Queen's University, 1978
Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1980
Registered Canadian Trademark Agent, 1980
Association Littéraire & Artistique Internationale (ALAI)
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Canadian IT Law Association (IT.CAN)
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Fellow
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)
Women's Law Association of Ontario (WLAO)
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. Her practice includes advice on selecting and protecting new marks, opposition and cancellation proceedings, strategy for enforcement, and Internet-related intellectual property issues.
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 International Trademark Association (INTA), and currently chairs the Canada subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee. For both IPIC and INTA, she has been involved in reviewing, commenting and presenting to the government on new legislation dealing with counterfeits, Olympic marks and other changes to the Trade-marks Act. She 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.
Cynthia is internationally recognized as a leading trademark practitioner. For example, she 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. Cynthia is also 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 20th edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, and has previously been awarded “Trademarks Lawyer of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal and "Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in Canada, Best Lawyers' Toronto Intellectual Property Law. She was honoured with the INTA President’s Award in 2014, being noted as a “dedicated, knowledgeable and expert practitioner”.