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Gowling WLG names Toronto partner as head of IP litigation in Canada

Thursday, January 28, 2021 @ 11:57 AM | By John Chunn


Gowling WLG announced Laurent Massam as the new head of intellectual property (IP) litigation and strategy in Canada, and Martha Savoy and John Coldham as the new leads of the firm’s global trademark, brands and designs group, having been appointed in 2020.

According to Gowlings’ press release, Massam, Savoy and Coldham will work with colleagues across eight countries — including global IP practice leaders Shelagh Carnegie and Kate Swaine.

“From jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the practice of IP law continues to transform at a frenetic clip — from new technologies and developments in case law to shifting commercial and geopolitical headwinds,” said Carnegie. “As we look ahead to the coming years, we know we have a duty to not only navigate these changes with our clients, but to drive change ourselves — through inventive approaches to client service and real sector leadership.”

Carnegie assumed her role in July 2020 from Rob MacDonald, who retired at the end of December following a 40-year career.  

Carnegie has extensive experience helping her local and international clientele clear, protect, commercialize and enforce their trademark rights at home and abroad.

Coldham is an IP practitioner across all types of intellectual property strategy and litigation. Based in London, his priority is to help clients to maximize the return on their investment in their IP, through strengthening their portfolio and strategically enforcing it against infringers. 

Based in Toronto, Massam focuses his practice on all areas of IP litigation. He advises on trademark, patent and copyright matters as well as trade secrets, including advising on enforcement, protection and litigation strategies.  

Savoy focuses her practice on trademark and copyright enforcement, litigation and prosecution. She is based in Ottawa.