Harleen Khanijoun is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer and trademark agent at Gowling WLG. She focuses her practice on delivering strategic trademark advice to protect her clients' IP assets globally.
Harleen’s expertise includes advising clients on clearance, acquisition, and protection of their trademark rights. In strategically managing and enforcing national and international portfolios, she also handles oppositions, expungement proceedings, and IP rights transfers — as well as related matters, such as industrial designs, copyright, trade secrets, licensing, and advertising review.
Through resourceful advocacy and a tailored approach, Harleen helps clients obtain and enforce their trademark rights to create brand equity in line with their brand vision. She has counselled clients across a range of industries and sectors, including insurance, software, transportation and safety, consumer goods, telecommunications, and medical devices among others. She also regularly represents foreign IP firms, helping them manage their IP portfolios in Canada.
Harleen is a long-term contributor to Lexis Practice Advisor, a prominent industry resource directed to practitioners in the trademark field. Her latest article series heavily analyze the practical effect of the comprehensive legislative changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act of 2019. Most recently, Harleen was interviewed as a featured expert for Meet Our Experts under the well-recognized global provider of legal workflow solutions LexisNexis.
Qualified in both Ontario and New York, Harleen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Alabama, a US top 10 best public law school, and a master of laws degree from the University of Toronto, ranked in the top 10 globally among law schools. Prior to pursuing law, she earned an honours bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering. Active in the community, she frequently presents at innovation events, to businesses, and to universities.