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, judicial reviews and proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court. 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 and other consumer products.
Charlotte is also an active member of Gowling WLG's US sales initiative, Trademark Practice Group and pro bono program. She also assisted in preparing a large commercial litigation matter for trial during an international secondment in the firm's Birmingham, UK office.