Charlotte McDonald Partner Trademark Agent

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2012 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-7328

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Charlotte McDonald

Charlotte McDonald is a partner and trademark agent in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She practises intellectual property law, with a focus on litigation and trademark prosecution.

Charlotte has extensive experience before the Federal Court. She has been counsel for parties involved in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and Patented Medicine Prices Review Board disputes. She has participated in multiple Federal Court trials and judicial reviews. She manages complex trademark oppositions and expungement proceeding before the Trademark Opposition Board. She is skilled in alternative dispute resolution, frequently settling matters prior to trial and participating in successful court-assisted and independent mediations.

Charlotte provides advice for contentious and non-contentious legal issues, including enforcement of copyright, trademark and patent rights; patent, trademark and copyright licensing and assignments; and trademark registrability and use opinions.

With her wide range of legal experience, Charlotte has managed small to mid-sized trademark portfolios in Canada and internationally in a variety of different fields, including eSports, cannabis, food and beverage, and other consumer products.

Charlotte is also an active member of Gowling WLG's US sales initiative, Trademark Practice Group, IP Litigation Practice Group and pro bono program. Charlotte is also a member of the Editorial Board of the CIPR, the Litigation Committee of IPIC, the Executive Committee for the Intellectual Property Section of the CBA and a mentor for the Women's Legal Mentorship Program.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2022

  • 2012

    • Career
      Gowling WLG, Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2011

    • Career
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson, LLP, Articling Student
    • Education
      University of Toronto, JD
  • 2008

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, B.Sc. Honours Biopharmaceutical, with a focus on Genomics
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11 November 2021 Lifecycle of a smart idea | Global trademark cancellation strategies CLE/CPD:This program is eligible for up to 1 hour of substantive CPD credits with the LSO, the LSBC and the Barreau du Québec, and may be eligible for up to 1 hour of CPD/CLE credits in other jurisdictions.
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06 November 2020 Lifecycle of a Smart Idea | Defending your trademarks & designs: global enforcement strategies CLE/CPD:1 hour of CPD credits with the LSO and LSBC, and may be eligible for up to 1 hour of CPD/CLE credits in other jurisdictions.

Representative Work

A-19-22: Paid Search Engine Tools, LLC v. Google Canada Corporation et al.

T-407-20: H-D U.S.A., LLC and Harley-Davidson Canada LP v Montreal Production Inc

T-906-20:  Galderma Canada Inc. v. Attorney General Of Canada

T-40-18: Paid Search Engine Tools, LLC v. Google Canada Corporation et al.

T-83-17: Galderma Canada Inc. v. Attorney General Of Canada

A-385-17: The Attorney General Of Canada v. Galderma Canada Inc.

T-1066-17: T-Rex Property AB v. Pattison Outdoor Advertising Limited Partnership et al

T-1151-17: Molson Canada 2005 v Labatt Brewing Company Limited/La Brasserie Labatt

T-533-16: FGF Brands, Inc. v. TWI Foods Inc.

T-1848-16: Dean Joseph Evans v. Discovery Communications LLC

T-2085-16: Enigmatus, s.r.o v Playtika Ltd., Caesars Interactive Entertainment LLC, and Playtika (Canada) Inc.

A-479-15: Ciba Specialty Chemicals Water Treatments Limited v. SNF Inc.

T-496-11: Uponor AV v. Heatlink Group Inc. et al.

T-1749-11: SNF Inc. v. Ciba Specialty Chemicals Water Treatments Limited