Leading international IP lawyer Tania D'Souza-Culora moves to Gowlings

01 February 2016

Tania D'Souza-Culora, a leading trademark lawyer and an experienced intellectual property adviser on the global stage, has joined Gowlings as a partner in its Toronto office and member of its firm-wide Intellectual Property Group.

Recognized by World Trademark Review (WTR) as one of the top practitioners in her field, D'Souza-Culora brings over a decade of experience advising clients on a range of domestic and global IP matters, including developing and managing global enforcement programs. Prior to Gowlings, she gained experience working in the Toronto, London and Hong Kong offices of a large global law firm.

"Tania has proven herself to be a highly capable defender of IP rights on the world stage, and will be a valuable addition to our team," said Peter Lukasiewicz, chief executive officer (CEO) of Gowlings. "As a member of our IP Group, Tania will help deliver forward-thinking solutions that address both the current needs of our clients, as well as anticipate the unique challenges and opportunities to come."

Catering to clients from diverse sectors, D'Souza-Culora's practice covers an array of complex issues relating to trademark, design, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy. Over the course of her career, she has managed investigations into dealings in unauthorized products, advised on trademark prosecution and brand strategies, and developed extensive experience overseeing global customs recordal programs.

D'Souza-Culora is qualified as a lawyer in England and Wales, and is in the process of qualification with the Ontario Bar. She frequently presents on IP enforcement and strategy considerations to clients and industry groups, and has published articles in WTR, Managing Intellectual Property and Copyright World.

"Gowlings has always been highly regarded for its ability to adapt seamlessly to an ever-evolving IP landscape - both in Canada and around the world," said D'Souza-Culora. "I'm eager to help continue this legacy and, with the support of the country's premier IP team, deliver exceptional service to my clients."

As one of the world's pre-eminent intellectual property law firms, Gowlings boasts top practices in patents, trademarks, IP litigation, life sciences and more. With nearly 150 IP professionals in offices across Canada as well as in Russia and the CIS, the firm delivers practical, cost-effective advice to help clients grow and thrive. Gowlings is a leading Canadian and international law firm, with over 700 legal professionals delivering a full range of business law, litigation and intellectual property law services to a global clientele. The firm recently announced that it is joining forces with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co to create a new international law firm called Gowling WLG in early 2016.

Gowling WLG will have more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East. It will provide clients with world-class legal expertise and multi-jurisdictional support in key global sectors, and will be the first international legal combination to be co-led by a Canadian firm. Learn more about Gowling WLG and its IP capabilities.