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Sanjukta Tole

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Sanjukta is a lawyer and trademark agent. She advises a variety of clients, from SMEs to Fortune 500 companies, on all facets of brand management.

She is highly experienced in the Canadian trademark prosecution process, including providing availability opinions, oppositions, cancellation proceedings, and management on international intellectual property portfolios. She also provides strategic guidance in enforcing her clients' intellectual property rights with a focus on domain name and Internet-related disputes, expungement proceedings and trademark infringement actions. On commercial transactions, Sanjukta advises on licensing agreements, IP due diligence, co-existence arrangements and technology / privacy contracts.

As an active member of the IP profession in Canada, Sanjukta is a co-author of Hughes on Trademarks (LexisNexis Butterworths) and Trademarks Act & Commentary (LexisNexis) and writes chapters in Canadian Forms & Precedents as well as the Halsburys’ Laws of Canada (Lexis) on trademarks. She recently also contributed to the introductory trademark chapter in the Canadian Trademark Law Benchbook (Westlaw Carswell). Sanjukta also participates in the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), the International Trademarks Association (INTA) and MARQUES, serving on various committees and teams. She was appointed to the Board of Examiners for the recently established College of Patent and Trademark Agents.

Sanjukta was the recipient of the Bereskin & Parr Prize for Patent Law, the Scotiabank Group Prize for Estates Law, and the Osgoode Hall Award for Upper Year Excellence.

Education & Credentials

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School

LL.B., 2007

University of Toronto

BSc, Human Behavioural Biology, 2004
  • High Distinction

Bar Admission

  • Ontario2008

Acknowledgements

  • Best Lawyers in Canada® - Intellectual Property, 2022 
  • Who’s Who Legal
    • Global Leader 2021 (IP) 
    • National Leader 2020 (Canada)

Professional Involvement

  • International Trademark Association's Famous & Well-Known Mark Committee
    • Member, 2022 – 2023 
  • MARQUES
    • Member, 2011 - Present
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Member, 2009 - Present
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
    • Member, 2008 - Present
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
    • Member, 2008 - Present
    • Member, Trademark Committee, 2021
    • Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee, 2021

Court Admissions

  • Ontario Superior Court
  • Federal Court of Canada
  • Trademark Opposition Board

Admissions

  • Canadian Trademark Agent, 2010

Publications/Presentations

Presentations 

  • Speaker, Welcome to Madrid: Everything You Need to Know, 35th Annual MARQUES Conference, September 2021  
  • Panel Moderator, Overcoming Objections to Trademarks, FICPI Congress, September 2020
  • Speaker, Canada’s New Trademark Regime: The Practical, Tactical Guide to Navigating the Sweeping Changes, Osgoode Professional Development, April 2019
  • Speaker, Canadian Legislative Changes, INTA Roundtable (Cleveland, Ohio), April 2019
  • Speaker, Registrability of Slogans, FICPI Congress in Toronto, June 2018
  • Instructor on Trademarks Law, Ryerson University, September 2012

Publications 

  • Co-Author, "The Canadian Trademarks Act: More Changes Are on the Way," World Trademark Review, October 18, 2021 
  • Canada Updates – Fast Track Examination and More, HouseMarques, May 2021
  • A Distinctively Canadian Approach to Distinctiveness, World Trademark Review, April 2021
  • Picking up the Pace? COVID-19 Exceptions to Expedite Trademark Process, World Trademark Review, December 2020
  • Lessons from a Pandemic –Impacts on Canadian Trademarks Practice, World Trademark Review, October 2020
  • Could You Be More Specific? Nice Classification in Canadian Trademark Examination, World Trademark Review, February 2020
  • Brand Protection Insights/Predictions for Canada, World Trademark Review, November 2019
  • Where is Canada with the Madrid Protocol? HouseMarques, September 2019
  • Strategies and Pitfalls with Fees under Canada’s New Trademark Regime, World Trademark Review, September 2019
  • Canada All Set to Join the Madrid Protocol, HouseMarques, March 2019
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