Paula Clancy Partner Lawyer, Trademark Agent
Certified Specialist - IP (Trademarks)


Speaks:  English, French, Spanish

Year of Call: 1996 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0137

Secondary phone: +1 613-797-1413

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: paula.clancy@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa




Paula Clancy

Paula Clancy is a partner and trademark agent in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and her practice focuses on trademarks.

Paula has more than 26 years of experience as a corporate/commercial and trademark lawyer, and she is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in IP (Trademarks). Her background in business law and intellectual property law is a valuable asset to her clients.

Paula works with in-house counsel as an extension of their legal team to assist with trademark filing strategies, global portfolio management, and procurement. Her clients range from start-ups and SMEs to prominent public companies, including a number of global brands. These clients operate in industries including, technology, fashion, consumer goods, cosmetics, food and beverage, sports, banking, manufacturing, and life sciences. Paula also has experience working with women-owned and minority-owned businesses.

Paula is very active in the intellectual property community, and currently serves as a director of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She also currently serves as director and secretary of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC); Canada's national delegate for the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI); and “councillor” or “member of council” of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property AIPPI (Canada).

Paula has been ranked for 12 consecutive years as one of the world’s top IP lawyers in World Trademark Review’s WTR1000, and has recently been recognized in the 2023 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada and The Legal 500 Canada as a leading individual in IP. Paula is a past recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal's Top 40 Under Forty Award and Distinctive Women Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was a finalist for the Women's Business Network's Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Prior to re-joining Gowling WLG (she practised with the firm from 1994-2008), Paula founded and operated a boutique intellectual property firm in Ottawa. Her firm was ranked in the WTR1000 as a leading Canadian trademark prosecution firm; was certified by WBE Canada as a Women Business Enterprise; and was selected as an Amazon IP Accelerator firm. As a founder and entrepreneur, Paula has picked up valuable insights that help her effectively advise start-ups and SMEs. She knows from experience how to help them navigate their pain points and challenges.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2022

  • 2021

    • Community
       2021
      Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), Director and Officer (Treasurer) (2021- present)
    • Community
       2021
      Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), National Delegate for Canada (2021-present)
  • 2020

    • Community
       2020
      International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property AIPPI (Canada), Council Member (2020 - present)
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
       2014
      Finalist for the Businesswoman of the Year Award
  • 2008

    • Rankings & Awards
       2008
      Ottawa Business Journal's Top 40 Under Forty Award
  • 2005

    • Career
       2005
      Registered Trademark Agent
  • 1996

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       1996
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1994

    • Education
       1994
      University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, JD
  • 1991

    • Education
       1991
      Wilfrid Laurier University, BA (With Distinction)

Memberships

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
  • The Law Office Management Association (TLOMA)

Insights & Resources

Author: "O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms" Trademarks Chapter, Thomson Reuters, January 2021.

Author: "Canada's New Trademark Law: A Practical Update for UK Brand Owners", published in CITMA Review (2019).

Genuine Trademark Use, author of Canada Chapter published by Kluwer (AIPPI) in 2018.

Getting the Deal Through: Trademarks 2017, author of Canada Chapter.

Moderator: Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) 2021 Annual Conference, November 9, 2021: "Emotional Intelligence: Today's Leadership Superpower."

Moderator: Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada) 2021 Annual Conference, November 9, 2021: "Export Development Canada - Build Your Dream Team: Using Networking and Partnership to Accelerate International Business Growth."

Presenter: University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, November 5, 2021: "IP Strategy Bootcamp: Trademarks."

Moderator: Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, November 4, 2021: "Forging a New Path in the Protection of Indigenous Intellectual Property: Indigenous Culture

Lecturer: Faculty of Law University of Western Ontario, March 5, 2021: "The Madrid System: A One-Stop Solution For Global Trademark Protection."

Presenter: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, February 26, 2021: "Can't We All Just Get Along? Consents and Coexistence Agreements in Canada and the U.S."

Presenter: McGill Faculty of Continuing Education – Understanding Trademarks – An Introductory Course, July 9, 2020 – "The Basics of Trademark Use in Canada."

Speaker: AIPPI World Congress, London, England, September 17, 2019 - "Genuine Use in Canada."

Presenter: UK Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA) Webinar, July 16, 2019 - "A Year of Change: Canada's New Trademark Law."

Lecturer: McGill Faculty of Continuing Education - Understanding Trademarks - An Introductory Course, July 2019 -2021

Presenter: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, April 17, 2019 - "Madrid - A Practical Guide to Filing & Prosecution."

Presenter: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, April 4, 2019 "Trademark Case Law Series: Opposition Issues."

Moderator: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, November 27, 2018 - "Introduction to Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions."

Moderator: IPIC Annual General Meeting, October 12, 2018 – "Brexit Update – CITMA Perspective", with Tania Clark, President of the UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Moderator: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, August 23, 2018 – "General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – What it Means for Canadian Businesses."

Moderator: IPIC Webinar, Ottawa, Ontario, March 30, 2016 – "EU Trademark Reform and Nice Class Headings – What Canadian Owners of EU Trademarks Need to Know."

Presenter: ASIPI XVIII Congress, Punta del Este, Uruguay – December 4, 2012 – "Profesión y Calidad de Vida,"

Moderator: ASIPI Conference, Santiago, Chile – November 2010 –Women's Committee Breakfast featuring Chilean Minister Carolina Schmidt.

Presenter: ASIPI Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 2006 "Universal and Sporting Symbols" Roundtable.