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DLA Piper names new chair of Canadian IP and technology group

Monday, May 25, 2020 @ 12:51 PM | By John Chunn


DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced that Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy has been appointed ‎chair of the Canadian intellectual property (IP) and technology group.‎

According to the firm’s press release, since joining the firm in 2016, Punniyamoorthy has been a valuable member of the firm’s IP ‎practice. With over a decade of experience litigating copyright, patent and trademark matters, ‎Punniyamoorthy has been at the forefront of significant wins at the highest levels of the Canadian court, ‎including the Supreme Court of Canada, where she has appeared twice.

An active member of the IP community, she was chair of the Ontario Bar Association IP-IT Section from 2017-‎‎2018, serves on the Canada Amicus committee of the International Trademarks Association and is a ‎fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She is currently a global fellow with the Federal ‎Circuit Bar Association. 

‎“Sangeetha brings an invaluable breadth and depth of experience to head the Canadian IPT team, and ‎her dedication to teamwork and collaboration will be instrumental in continuing to grow the high quality ‎IPT practice in Canada. This will help to further strengthen DLA Piper’s reputation as one of the world’s ‎leading intellectual property practices,” said Ann Ford, U.S. chair and global co-chair, IP and technology. “I look forward to working with Sangeetha in her new leadership position and ‎building on the strong foundation established by her predecessors.”‎

‎“I congratulate Sangeetha on her new role,” said Robert Seidel, Canada managing partner. “She is ‎an exceptional lawyer, who is known for her insight, excellent judgment and approachability. I have no ‎doubt Sangeetha’s leadership will greatly contribute to the firm’s national and international reputation as ‎an authority in intellectual property law.”‎

Punniyamoorthy will succeed Chris Bennett and Bruce Stratton who were co-chairs of the Canadian IP and technology group ‎since 2016.‎