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Specialized in trade-marks law and intellectual property litigation. Loves to travel.
Lawyer and Trademark Agent, Partner
Practice areas
  • Charter of the French Language
  • Labelling
  • Marking
  • Filing and Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Trademark Availability (Searches and Opinions)
  • Trademark Portfolio Management
  • Domain Names (Protection, Management and Arbitration Proceedings)
  • Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings
  • Protection Strategies for Trademarks and Trade names
  • Trademark Contracts and Negotiations
  • Copyright Registrations
  • Piracy and Counterfeiting
  • Protection Strategies for Copyright
  • Copyright Contracts and Negotiations
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trademarks Litigation
  • Unfair Competition Litigation
Business Law
  • Comparative Advertising
  • Competition and Unfair Competition
  • Confidentiality and Trade Secrets
  • Franchising
  • Strategic counselling, negotiating and drafting of contracts in relation to music, multimedia, entertainment, film and television
Areas of industrial expertise

Catherine Bergeron specializes in trade-marks, more particularly trade-mark prosecution, trade-mark litigation and the strategic management of trade-marks portfolios. She regularly conducts trade-mark searches to advise clients on the availability of trade-marks in Canada, and is involved in all stages of the process of registering trade-marks, from the development of an optimal filing strategy to the adoption of a policy regarding the use of trade-marks for a better protection of the clients' rights.

As part of her core practice areas, Catherine Bergeron has developed an expertise in administrative proceedings before the Registrar of Trade-marks, including opposition proceedings to the registration of trade-marks and administrative cancellation proceedings. Catherine Bergeron is frequently called upon to negotiate and draft settlement agreements for the benefit of local and international clients.

Catherine Bergeron also deals with copyright law and advises clients on protecting their rights and interests in copyright matters. She also has an expertise in regulatory advertising matters as well as product packaging and labelling, particularly in the food and cosmetic industries. She is frenquently consulted for opinions pertaining to the linguistic requirements of the Charter of the French language regarding packaging, labelling and advertising.

Catherine Bergeron represents clients, individuals and businesses of all sizes, from Canada and elsewhere, involved in various business areas, including:

• Insurance
• Food industry
• Retail
• Pharmaceutical
• Cosmetics
• Fashion and clothing
• Entertainment

In  2009, Catherine Bergeron was Director of the course Understanding Trade-marks organized in collaboration with McGill University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC). She is regularly invited to take part in this course as a workshop leader on topics relating to trade-marks.

Member of the Trade-mark Agent Examining Board since 2013, Catherine Bergeron contributes to the drafting and marking of the trade-mark agent exams.

Since 2014, Catherine Bergeron is a member of the Canada Subcommittee of the Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee focusing on the legal issues concerning these trademarks and the place they deserve in Canadian law. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Intellectual Property Journal published by Federated Press.

Catherine Bergeron is also a member of the board of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI Canada), an association aiming at promoting copyright law. She also acts as an administrator on the board of directors of the Théâtre de la Ville de Longueuil.

Member of the Québec Bar (2001)

Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) and Common Law (LL.B.), Université McGill (2000)
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI Canada)
- Association des juristes pour l'avancement de la vie artistique (AJAVA) - Institut de la propriété intellectuelle du Canada (IPIC) - Regroupement des praticiens du droit des marques de commerce (RPM)
The Presence of French on Public Signage in Quebec (2016)
La présence du français dans l'affichage public au Québec (2016)
Exigences linguistiques au Québec: Quelques règles à retenir (2015)
Language Requirements in Quebec: A Few Rules to Keep in Mind (2015)
Playing with Brands: A dangerous Game of Permissible Ironic Statements? (2015)
Une clause d'exclusivité pas suffisamment musclée (2014)
La marque de commerce: quoi enregistrer et comment l'enregistrer? (2014)
Recours en radiation et invalidation d'un enregistrement de marque de commerce (2012)
Avez-vous pensé à enregistrer votre marque de commerce? (2012)
Registering your Trade-mark... Something to Think About (2012)
More to Food Labelling than Meets the Eye (2011)
Étiquetage alimentaire : il ne faut pas y aller à l'aveuglette (2011)
Le droit d'auteur vu par les tribunaux en 2010 : un survol de cinq décisions d'intérêt (2011)
Fraude, fausses déclarations et autres vices en matière de marques de commerce (2010)
When the trade-marks opposition board exceeds its jurisdiction (2010)
"Recognized Trade-marks" in Quebec, a different approach (2009)
Proceedings under section 45 of the Trade-marks Act require solid and reliable evidence (2008)
When a copy does not constitute passing off (2008)
The non distinctiveness of cheap tickets confirmed on appeal (2008)
Canada protects the olympic marks in expectation of the 2010 winter games in Vancouver (2008)
À prévoir pour votre prochain party: des droits d'auteur (2008)
On the checklist for your next party : Copyright matters (2008)
Les marques olympiques et paralympiques : une protection en or (2007)
La marque fantôme au Canada et aux États-Unis (2007)
Survey Evidence Shows that the Word Nordiques Brings to Mind the Nordiques Hockey Team (2007)
Développement récent en matière de marque officielle: Le statut d'autorité publique au Canada (2006)
Amendment Made to the Name of an Applicant Considered by the Trade-Marks Opposition Board (2006)
Trade-Mark and Corporate Indicia Used by an Ex-Franchisee (2006)
Recent Development Regarding Public Authority Status in Canada (2006)
Un regard récent sur la protection des costumes et accessoires (2005)
The Type and Amount of Remedy Granted in a Trade-Mark Case (2005)
The Issue of Confusion Reviewed by the Federal Court of Appeal (2005)
A Debate over the Descriptive Character of the Trade-Mark Sabbetaxolol (2005)
Is Selling Pirated Pay-Per-View Cards an “Authorization” to Infringe Copyright? Federal Court Weighs In (2004)
Développements récents en matière de droit d’auteur et d’utilisation équitable : l’après CCH (2004)
L’arbitrage et le droit d'auteur...Chouette! (2003)
An Order to Cease Using a Corporate Name : a Concurrent Juridiction (2003)
Expungement of a Trade-Mark Registration and Prior Use (2003)
Judicial Review and Official Marks (2002)
"Fair Dealing" canadien et "Fair Use" américain: une analyse de l’exception d’utilisation équitable en matière de droit d’auteur (2001)
La responsabilité légale du chercheur: Considérations éthiques et juridiques (2001)
A Researcher's Legal Liability : Ethical and Legal Considerations (2001)
Droits intellectuels et concurrence déloyale (2000)

Catherine Bergeron