The Honourable Allyson Whyte Nowak

Justice Allyson Whyte Nowak was born and raised in Toronto. She received both her undergraduate degree and law degrees (B.C.L. and LL.B.) from McGill University. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996.

Justice Whyte Nowak practiced law for 28 years with a focus on intellectual property (IP) and related commercial litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and disputes over the ownership and inventorship of IP. She has experience litigating at the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Justice Whyte Nowak was recognized as a leading practitioner in intellectual property law and life sciences. She participated as a guest lecturer in judicial education seminars on IP law organized by the National Judicial Institute. She regularly spoke and wrote on a variety of intellectual property topics, including co-authoring the chapter, "Best Practices in Litigating Complex IP Litigation" in Intellectual Property Disputes: Resolutions and Remedies (R. E. Dimock, Thomson Reuters). At the time of her appointment, she was a long-standing committee volunteer and member of the board of directors at a children’s rehabilitation hospital.

Appointed Justice of the Federal Court, and ex officio member of the Federal Court of Appeal, on January 26, 2024.

Date modified: 2024-03-07

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