The Honourable Janet M. Fuhrer

The Honourable Janet M. Fuhrer

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Justice Fuhrer studied 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. She practised in the intellectual property law field since her call to the bar until her appointment to the Federal Court on June 27, 2019.

Justice Fuhrer spent the majority of her years in private practice as a partner of Ridout & Maybee LLP in its Ottawa office. She was 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 Fellows 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. Prior to her appointment, she was 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.

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