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Ottawa lawyer appointed to Federal Court

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ 10:39 AM | By John Chunn


The federal Department of Justice on June 27 announced that Janet M. Fuhrer, partner at Ridout & Maybee LLP in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Federal Court and a judge ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal. Justice Fuhrer replaces Justice Anne L. Mactavish, who was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal on June 11.

According to the Department of Justice’s press release, Justice Fuhrer was born in Toronto and raised in Bolton, Ont. She studied economics and political science at the University of Toronto for two years before being admitted to study law at Queen’s University, where she obtained her LL.B. in 1985. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 1987 and later obtained her LL.M. in e-Business from York University while working full time.

Justice Fuhrer has spent the past 21 of her 32 years of practice in the intellectual property law field with Ridout & Maybee in its Ottawa office, including as a partner. She is a certified specialist by the Law Society of Ontario in Intellectual Property Law (trademarks and copyright). She is past president of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She was among the first Canadian members invited to become a fellow of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She has served in various leadership roles with all three organizations, as well as with the Ontario Bar Association and the International Trademark Association. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on intellectual property law topics.

Justice Fuhrer taught the Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law Course at Queen’s University Faculty of Law and served on the Dean’s Council. She is a previous associate editor of the Canadian Patent Reporter and a former chair of the Trademark Agents Examination Board.