Tania D'Souza-Culora Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2016 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2002 - England and Wales

Primary phone: +1 416-862-5436

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: tania.dsouza@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

Tania D'Souza-Culora

Tania D'Souza-Culora is a partner in Gowling WLG's Intellectual Property Group, working in the firm's Toronto office. Specializing in global anti-counterfeiting programs, Tania assists clients in a wide range of complex - and often contentious - intellectual property matters relating to trademarks, designs, copyright, passing off and piracy.

Drawing on her broad experience developing and managing global enforcement programs in Canada, the U.K. and Hong Kong, Tania works closely with clients to:

  • Bolster IP rights portfolios
  • Identify "at risk" products
  • Establish a means of proofing products against infringement
  • Develop targeted training materials for customs to help identify suspected infringement

With experience spanning several industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, media, and consumer and luxury goods, Tania excels at providing clients with customized service tailored specifically to their needs.

In recent years, Tania has acted in infringement and administrative proceedings, overseen global customs recordal programs, led investigations into dealings in unauthorized products and has advised on several criminal actions - co-ordinating with law enforcement agencies as needed. She is also experienced in trademark prosecution and brand strategy.

Qualified in England, Wales and Ontario, Tania frequently presents on IP enforcement and strategy considerations to clients and industry groups, and has published articles in World Trademark Review (WTR), Managing Intellectual Property and Copyright World.

Career & Recognition

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Representative Work

  • Led a team running a global IP enforcement and trademark prosecution portfolio program for a Fortune 500 fashion and consumer goods company, and served as the primary relationship contact for the client across the firm.
  • Served as lead lawyer for a number of other trademark prosecution clients locally.
  • Co-led teams managing enforcement and Customs recordal programs for two Fortune 500 technology companies across the Americas and the Asia Pacific region. Led similar program for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company across EMEA, LATAM and APAC.
  • Assisted in ensuring corporate compliance within global enforcement programs. Developed protocols and guidelines for use by local counsel and investigators.
  • Has run a number of cross-jurisdiction surveys to inform enforcement strategy for clients on issues such as the availability of Proceeds of Crime legislation for IP infringement, the lawfulness of various investigative techniques such as surveillance and cover facilities and, intermediary liability with respect to transport operators and payment processors.
  • Lobbying experience with respect to intellectual property enforcement, including on ambush marketing and recommended minimum trademark enforcement standards.
  • Acted for fashion and technology companies in civil trademark litigation against infringers.

Client work