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:
• Food industry
• Fashion and clothing
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.