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New prothonotary for the Federal Court

Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 1:10 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Alexandra Steele, a lawyer with the Montreal-based intellectual property law firm ROBIC LLP, has been appointed a prothonotary of the Federal Court.

In her practice, Steele specialized in litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs and unfair competition. She has appeared before both the trial and appellate levels of the Quebec Courts and the Federal Courts, as well as before the copyright board. Steele is an accredited civil and commercial law mediator with the Quebec bar. She began her career practising family law before joining ROBIC.

Steele has been a member of the council of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and chaired the national intellectual property section of the Canadian Bar Association. She was also one of the original members of the Federal Court IP Users Group, and has served on the liaison committee of the Montreal bar with the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

Steele, who is bilingual in English and French, has published several articles, including for the Développements récents and the Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle collections, and has authored and co-authored chapters in JurisClasseur Québec — Propriété intellectuelle, Intellectual Property Litigation: Forms and Precedents and Canadian Patent Law Benchbook.

Her appointment is effective as of May 15, 2018. She replaces prothonotary Richard Morneau, who elected to retire effective May 15, 2018.