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Three new partners for IP firm Marks & Clerk

Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 10:31 AM | By John Chunn


As it prepares to celebrate 100 years of offering intellectual property services in Canada, Marks & Clerk announced that Jonathan Colombo, Catherine (Cat) Lovrics and Amrita V. Singh will join the group, with Colombo taking on the role of managing partner of Marks & Clerk Canada. The hires are effective Aug. 1, 2020.

According to the firm’s press release, Colombo brings a wealth of experience in trademark and copyright advisory and contentious matters, as well as IP firm management. He has represented countless national and international companies in trademark, copyright and advertising disputes. Colombo is a former managing partner of Bereskin & Parr LLP and also a former co-leader of its trademarks practice group. He is an active member of International Trademark Association (INTA) committees. He is also the former member of the Canadian Trademark Agents Board of Examiners and has taught trademark law at McGill University.

Lovrics is a copyright and trademark strategist. In addition to complementing Marks & Clerk’s trademark team, Lovrics will lead the copyright and digital groups. She will develop new practice areas leveraging her expertise in copyright, personality rights, marketing law, as well as data protection. She led Bereskin & Parr’s copyright and digital media group and co-led its privacy, cybersecurity and data protection practice group. 

Singh, who has worked closely with Colombo and Lovrics, specializes in all areas of IP litigation and has acted for clients in a variety of industries, including leisure, hospitality, chemicals, architectural and construction, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Among many other roles, she is an elected representative of the Ontario Bar Association’s Council, the vice-chair of the Information Technology and Intellectual Property section executive, and is also the vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Litigation committee and an elected member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section executive and a member of the Federal Courts Users Committee.