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After 40 years at Bereskin & Parr, Cynthia Rowden has retired on March 31, 2020.
Cynthia specialized in all areas of trademark and copyright law. Much of her practice related 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 was expanding brand protection around the world. Her practice included 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 Trademark Joint Liaison and Trademark Legislation Committees. Cynthia was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and is a winner of INTA’s President’s Award. She chaired INTA’s Legislation and Regulation Canada Subcommittee. For both IPIC and INTA, she has been involved in reviewing, commenting and presenting to the government on Canada’s new trademark legislation, as well as laws dealing with counterfeits and plain packaging for tobacco and cannabis products. She was a frequent writer and speaker on trademark law and practice.
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) Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG) Women's Law Association of Ontario (WLAO)