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 intellectual property 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 software, education, cosmetics, publishing, environmental conservation, cannabis, food and beverage and other consumer products.

Charlotte is also an active member of Gowling WLG's IP Litigation Practice Group, Trademark Practice Group and pro bono program. Charlotte is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers, Editorial Board of the CIPR, the Executive Committee for the Intellectual Property Section of the CBA and the Indigenous Rights Committee of INTA.

Charlotte won the Legal 500 Next Generation Partner in 2023 and 2024 and the 2022 Gowling WLG Neil Abbott Mentorship Award.

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Representative Work

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

 Montréal Production Inc. and H-D U.S.A., LLC / Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc [representing H-D U.S.A / Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc: 2022 TMOB 230, 2022 TMOB 231, 2022 TMOB 232, 2022 TMOB 233, 2022 TMOB 234, 2022 TMOB 235, 2022 TMOB 236, 2022 TMOB 237, 2023 TMOB 133, 2023 TMOB 134, 2023 TMOB 135, 2023 TMOB 164, 2023 TMOB 210, 2023 TMOB 211, 2023 TMOB  212]

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc. v. Montréal Production Inc., 2023 FC 1727 [representing Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc.]

Aventum IP Law LLP v Planet Eclipse Limited [representing Planet Eclipse: 2021 TMOB 90]

Buca, Inc. and King Street Company Inc. [representing King Street Company: 2021 TMOB 61]

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

T-906-20:  Galderma Canada Inc. v. Attorney General Of Canada [representing Galderma: 2022 FC 19]

T- T-1288-18: Gemak Trust v. Jempak Corporation, et al [representing Jempak]

T-40-18: Paid Search Engine Tools, LLC v. Google Canada Corporation et al. [representing Google: 2021 FC 1435, MIP Impact Case of the Year 2023]

A-385-17: The Attorney General Of Canada v. Galderma Canada Inc. [representing Galderma: 2019 FCA 196, MIP Impact Case of the Year 2020]

T-83-17: Galderma Canada Inc. v. Attorney General Of Canada [representing Galderma: 2017 FC 1023]

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

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

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

T-1848-16: Dean Joseph Evans v. Discovery Communications LLC [representing Discovery Communications: 2018 FC 1153]

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

A-479-15: Ciba Specialty Chemicals Water Treatments Limited v. SNF Inc. [representing Ciba: 2017 FCA 225]

T-496-11: Uponor AV v. Heatlink Group Inc. et al. [representing Uponor: 2016 FC 320]

T-1749-11: SNF Inc. v. Ciba Specialty Chemicals Water Treatments Limited [representing Ciba: 2015 FC 997]