CPATA’s offices will be closed December 25 to January 1 inclusively for the holidays.

Please note that CPATA’s offices will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Family Day


In April 2024, CPATA will hold elections for one patent agent and one trademark agent to serve on the Board of Directors. Licensees who are interested in helping strengthen CPATA as a modern, risk-based public interest regulator are encouraged to consider the position. 

Elected directors employ their experience in the patent agent and trademark agent professions to complement the perspectives of non-licensee appointed directors. Although elected by their peers, elected Directors serve as fiduciaries of CPATA and maintain an consistent focus on the public interest. Directors are offered financial compensation for their time and expertise. Elected licensees will begin their term at CPATA’s Annual General Meeting on June 13, 2024 for a three year term.

Expectations of Directors

Board members:

  • help continue to build a new, world-class, modern public interest regulator 
  • act as a fiduciary to CPATA and in accordance with CPATA’s policies and Director Code of Conduct
  • contribute insightful perspectives derived from their practice experience, background and personal qualities 
  • use their experience in the profession to complement the perspectives of non-licensee directors
  • are elected to serve for a 3-year term
  • participate in mostly virtual public meetings approximately every quarter, two in-person meetings per year, and additional meetings as may be required
  • provide high-level strategic direction but are not involved in managing day-to-day operations


The CPATA Act establishes eligibility requirements to run in a CPATA election.

Section 14 provides that an individual is not eligible to be appointed or elected as a director if they

  • are less than 18 years of age;
  • have the status of a bankrupt;
  • are a member of an association whose primary purpose is to represent the interests of persons who provide advice on patents or trademarks (i.e. IPIC);
  • were, within the preceding 12 months, a member of a governing body or a steering committee of an association referred to in paragraph (c);
  • in the case of an appointment to the Board,
    • are a licensee, or
    • are employed by a department, as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act; or
  • in the case of election to the Board,
    • have a license that is suspended, or
    • meet any other ineligibility criteria set out in the by-laws.

By-law 13 sets out additional ineligibility requirements as follows:

For purposes of subparagraphs 14(f)(ii) and 17(h)(iii) of the Act, an individual is not eligible to be an elected director if

  • in the five years immediately before the day of the election, they have been found to have committed professional misconduct or to be incompetent by the Discipline Committee;
  • in the five years immediately before the day of the election, they have been found by a professional regulatory body to have committed professional misconduct or to be incompetent within the meaning of the statute under which the body made its finding;
  • they are the subject of an action taken by the Investigations Committee under subsection 37.1(1) of the Act;
  • they are the subject of an application to the Discipline Committee by the Investigations Committee under subsection 49(1) of the Act;
  • they have already served as a director for a period of six years and, on the date of the election, less than two years have elapsed since the end of that period;
  • they are employed by a department as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act;
  • they have not provided the CEO with a declaration regarding conflicts of interest; or
  • they have not attended an orientation for prospective candidates for election.

Eligible directors are expected to attend the orientation session and to meet any procedural requirements set for the election process.

Note that dual licensees who are both patent agents and trademark agents may be nominated to run in both elections. Ultimately, a licensee can only hold one director position. Those running in both elections must indicate which role they serve in should the election results indicate that they could serve as either a patent agent or trademark agent director. This information will be held confidentially by CPATA.

The Election Process

Candidate Orientation Session

Anyone interested in running must have attended the February 12th candidate orientation session or must watch the recording. To access the recording, please email 

English: Slides

French: Slides


Starting on February 15, 2024, any licensee in good standing will be able to nominate a candidate for election by filling out the nomination form and e-mailing it to The deadline to submit a nomination is March 8, 2024.


Elections will be held electronically from 8:00 am ET on April 22, 2024, to 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

All licensees who are not suspended are eligible to vote. Each eligible licensee will receive a ballot, or an electronic message connected to a ballot, that lists only the candidates for whom the licensee may vote. Trademark agents will vote for those seeking a director position reserved for trademark agents (the trademark election). Patent agents will vote for those seeking a director position reserved for patent agents (the patent election). Licensees who are both patent and trademark agents may vote in both elections.

Elections Results

The results will indicate the number of eligible voters for each Director position, the name of the candidate, the number of votes for each candidate, and the names of candidates elected. The mandate of elected licensees will begin at CPATA’s Annual General Meeting on June 13, 2024.

Election Commissioner

Pursuant to CPATA’s By-laws, the Board must appoint an Election Commissioner, on the recommendation of the CEO, to address any issues that arise concerning the election process. The Board appointed Enrico A. Scichilone at its December 14, 2023 meeting, to serve in this role for the 2024 elections.  


For any questions, please contact us.

Elections for CPATA’s Board of Directors will be held this month. Online voting will open at 8:00 am ET on April 11, 2022 and will close at 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, April 14, 2022. All Class 1, 2 and 3 licensees who are not suspended are eligible to vote.  

Patent agent licensees can vote for two patent agent candidates; trademark agent licensees for two trademark agent candidates; and dual agent licensees can vote for four candidates overall (two patent agent candidates and two trademark agent candidates).    

Licensees who are eligible to vote will receive an e-mail from the domain with the subject line “CPATA Board Elections / Élections au Conseil d’administration du CABAMC” on April 11. Licensees should whitelist this e-mail address in advance to ensure that the message does not get filed as junk. Agents must click the unique link in this e-mail to go to the secure voting platform and cast their ballot. Do not forward this e-mail. Eligible licensees who do not receive the e-mail should check their junk folders or contact us.   

Results will be posted on this page the evening of April 14, 2022

*Content below has been provided by the candidates and is not edited.

Meet the Candidates

Patent Agents

Jeffrey Astle
Colin Climie
Andrew Currier
Kevin Holbeche
Cathy Ma
Neil Padgett

Trademark Agents

Brigitte Chan
Julien Collin
Peter Cooke
Leonora Hoicka
Karol Pawlina
Ali Sodagar
Anna Sosis
Douglas Thompson

Jeffrey Astle

Boucherville QC

As a proud member of the patent agent, trademark agent and legal communities for over 30 years, a Past-President of IPIC, and as one of the incumbent start-up Directors of The College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA), I would like to continue to offer my knowledge, experience, and dedication as a CPATA Director to assist with the continued development of CPATA as a modern, risk-based public interest regulator of Canada’s patent and trademark agent professions. For this, I seek your vote in the upcoming elections.

As a director who is a member of the profession, one of my most important responsibilities is to assist the CPATA Board in its policy development by providing a full and nuanced understanding of how the patent and trademark professions operate in providing services to the public. Being a patent agent and a trademark agent, and a former leader of the IP organisation of a sophisticated corporate consumer of patent and trademark agent services, I am well-positioned to inform and assist the Board in this manner.

My long and deep involvement with IPIC, particularly in assisting with the multi-decade project toward securing a statutory privilege protecting client/agent communications as well as the lobbying and preparation for the legislation establishing CPATA, has provided me with both a strong understanding of the interplay between the work of the patent and trademark agent professions in protecting the best interests of its clients, as well as an extensive network of patent and trademark experts to consult on complex topics concerning the regulation of these professions.

This will be particularly important in the upcoming term, as CPATA brings on an expanded Board of Directors, continues to develop its registration and discipline policies, and oversees CPATA’s work in more comprehensively establishing competency profiles, training requirements and licensee examination and CPD programs.

CPATA has a lot of key projects ahead. It is important that the CPATA Board is well informed to ensure that appropriate decision-making principles are to be applied by CPATA in managing the risks before it.

It would be an honour for me to continue to serve as a Director on the CPATA Board.

Colin Climie

Toronto ON

It occurs to me that this short statement on my qualifications should be worded in an effort to distinguish myself from the other candidates. A position as a Licensee on the Board of Directors is, after all, an elected position. At the time of writing, I am unaware of the make-up of the field of candidates. However, I noticed that there were several highly qualified practitioners on the video call that was held to provide information to interested parties. Regarding qualifications, I have been practicing since 1998. I have had two employers, both IP boutiques. I am eager to help CPATA-CABAMC build a new, world-class, modern model regulator to advance the public interest in the intellectual property domain in Canada. I understand that, to play a role on the Board, I will provide high-level strategic direction and use my experience in the profession to complement the perspectives of non-licensee Board members.  

 For what it is worth, I have not spent my career on various committees in Canadian IP organizations. Furthermore, I have not moved in circles international IP organizations. As such, I present myself as a candidate more likely to step up and question a topic with relatively fresh eyes. I am eager, now, to get off the sidelines and get into the game. Please give me that opportunity. 

Andrew Currier

Toronto ON

Thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy to serve on the CPATA Board of Directors.  It would be an honour and privilege to serve you and the Canadian innovation sector.  I bring over 20 years of experience as an IP professional, having worked as a patent and trademark agent and lawyer for full-service Bay Street law firms, boutique IP firms and as in-house IP counsel for one US and one Canadian corporation.  I have also co-authored a treatise on Canadian Patent Law with Stephen Perry and taught patent law at Western University Faculty of Law. I am also a Vice Chair of the Women in IP Committee for the US-based Intellectual Property Owners Organization, where I have supported several diversity initiatives to foster inclusion of all persons within the profession.    

I am deeply passionate about originating patent drafting and supporting intellectual property for Canadian innovators and business.  My range of experience allows me to understand the unique needs and challenges of practitioners working in different environments.  On a daily basis, I apply these experiences in my role as co-founder and CEO of PCK Intellectual Property.  As part of building and running PCK, I am deeply familiar with the regulatory interface between Patent and Trademark agents and lawyers, as well as the complex cross-border regulatory issues involving our registrations as patent agents before the USPTO.  I am very well versed in the intricacies and patchwork of insurance necessary to cover lawyers and agents.  I have also spent a significant amount of time procuring the best insurance coverage possible for our professionals and would be pleased to share that experience with the profession through this position.      

Some of you may also remember that I took active steps last year to help ensure that Canada maintained reciprocal recognition of patent agents between CIPO and the USPTO.  I remain deeply committed to ensuring that high quality originating patent drafting and trademark filing remains available for all Canadians, and to preserving our direct cross-border access to the USPTO for Canadian patent agents and innovators.     

Overall, I believe in an effective regulator for our profession tempered with an open mind and respect for diverse viewpoints across the profession, all grounded in the recognition of our duty to the Canadian public to protect innovation in Canada.  If elected, I commit to bringing this energy and mindset to my work on the CPATA Board. 

Kevin Holbeche

Oakville ON

Kevin Edward Holbeche is a registered patent and trademark agent, and an intellectual property lawyer, with over 20 years experience. He has IP experience in association with a wide range of trades, industries, and technologies. Kevin holds degrees in biology, sociology, and law. He served as a partner – first, in a Canadian-based, multinational corporate law firm of 700+ lawyers, and then in a small IP boutique – before founding HOLBECHE LAW as a solo practitioner in Oakville, Ontario in 2016. // Qualifications: Lawyer, Law Society of Ontario member (2001 call). Registered Canadian Trademark Agent (2002). Recognized to represent Canadian Applicants for US Trademark Registrations (2003). Registered Canadian Patent Agent (2004). Registered US Patent Agent (2005). // Education: Biology B.Sc., University of Western Ontario (1991). Sociology B.A., McMaster University (1993). Law J.D., University of Saskatchewan (1999). // Community Involvement: Oakville Galleries (former Acting President and Board of Directors). C Magazine – International Contemporary Art (Copyright Counsel and former Board of Directors). Halton County Law Association. Hamilton Law Association. IPIC (Fellow). IPIC Indigenous IP Advisory Group. IPIC Bulletin Committee (former Vice-Chair). IPIC Patent Agent Training Committee (former Vice-Chair). // “As a CPATA licensee, I have a real interest in the emerging organization. I hope to contribute to it and, with support from other CPATA licensees, serve on our Board of Directors.” – Kevin Edward Holbeche

Cathy Ma

Gatineau, QC

Cathy Ma is a patent agent, and is known in the patent profession mainly through the thousands of Examiner’s reports she has issued over a decade. 

Prior to her current employment, she worked in patent firms, both within Canada and abroad, ranging from those with only a few employees to those with dozens of agents.  

Currently, Cathy examines patent applications, trains new examiners, provides guidance to other examiners, chairs workshops for developing best practices and participates in multiple programs. 

Through her participation in the program maintaining the Patent Branch’s ISO 9001:2015 certification, she audits documentation and interviews auditees, and assesses the compliance of Patent Branch processes with legal requirements and departmental policies and the correspondence of actual operations with the described processes in the documentation. She also conducts Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analyses of the processes, identifying risks, evaluating their probability and impact, recommending mitigation measures, and identifying any training needs. She was a member of the Mapping Review group, which regularly reviews examination-related processes, evaluates feedback and proposes improvements. She is one of the senior patent examiners constituting the Reissue Board, which examines available evidence, discusses and debates cases, considers all stakeholders and decides whether to accept reissue requests. 

As a public servant, Cathy understands well the IP system and the public’s expectations for it, and Canada’s IP and Innovation Strategy and Agenda. She has received various training on equity, diversity and inclusion, as well as on Lean thinking and change management. She received a 2021 Deputy Minister Award of Merit at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). 

Cathy enthusiastically gives back to the community, and has volunteered with the YMCA-YWCA, NCC, City of Ottawa, etc. She also served as treasurer for a year on the board of directors of a not-for-profit organization, preparing the budget and regularly presenting financial reports.  

Cathy immigrated from China and currently works in an environment where half of her colleagues have also immigrated from various countries and the other half are a mix of francophones and anglophones. As a result, she understands and communicates effectively with people of different cultures. Her working language is English, she is a native Mandarin speaker and she can read and write using basic French. 

Cathy has experienced similar frustrations to other agents during the transition to the College, and decided to act proactively by following the College business closely, attending or listening to recordings of all the Board meetings, and providing comments on the topics discussed. She is also familiar with the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA) Act, Regulations, By-laws, Regulatory Objectives, Standards and Principles. 

Cathy has attained the knowledge, skills, attributes and experience required for the Board of Directors through her international background and local experience in the federal public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her unique experience and insight will complement the perspectives of other Directors, helping the Board to understand the environment influencing agents’ practice and to make well-informed decisions. Believing in a well-balanced, harmonized win-win IP system for all stakeholders for sustainable growth of the IP profession in the long run, Cathy is dedicated to ensuring the College to engage and collaborate with all key stakeholders, including the agent community and the innovators, to listen to their voices, to take into account their concerns and inputs, to balance the best interests of all parties, to enhance public confidence in the agents’ services and promote the use thereof to support innovation and economy success, making the College not only a modern, risk-focused and result-oriented regulator, but also a lean, robust, agile and value-added one. 

Please vote for Cathy Ma! 

Neil Padgett

Toronto ON

It is with great enthusiasm that I ask for your vote to be a director of the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA).  

I am a patent agent, a trademark agent, and a lawyer licensed to practise in Ontario and New York. I currently work in-house in IP practice for a prominent Canadian innovator, building its patent portfolio and managing its trademark portfolio. Previously, I have practised at both a small IP firm and a large boutique firm. I practise before CIPO and before USPTO via reciprocity. Through my experience, I have worked with entrepreneurs, corporations of various sizes, and fellow agents of various backgrounds and career stages and have been exposed to their different philosophies on IP protection.  

My goal if elected as a director would be to ensure that CPATA regulation is done in a manner that minimizes burden on you and maximizes the cost effectiveness of the regulator. I also want to ensure agents’ voices are heard at the CPATA Board. Regulation by CPATA is intended to be in the public interest, and, in my view, the public interest is only served when the public’s access to competent services of agents who are free from burdens of undue regulatory requirements and excessive fees is assured.   

I recognize that the experience of many agents with the transition to CPATA has not been entirely positive. Fees now can exceed triple what an agent was paying to CIPO. Newly mandated insurance is “one size fits all” and may be redundant for some practitioners such as lawyer-agents with agency practices of a nature already covered by their mandatory Law Society insurance. We need to keep these sorts of costs and requirements in check. If we do not, agents may surrender their licences leaving fewer of us to share the fixed costs of administrating CPATA. Indeed, CPATA revenues have already been less than expected due to licence surrenders and licence class changes. This illustrates why regulatory burdens must be top of mind as the new Board considers upcoming agenda items such as continuing education requirements.   

I also want to make agents’ voices heard on the issues at the Board. We have seen the downside of regulatory decisions made without that valuable context before when the draft CPATA regulations placed USPTO patent agent reciprocity into jeopardy. That potential crisis was only averted when agents brought their perspectives to bear on the issue, as I did when I met with ISED policy officials to discuss the importance of reciprocity to agents and our clients. Licensees’ viewpoints similarly need to be taken into account as CPATA modernizes the licensing process for new agents. Competency must be maintained, but fairness to trainees seeking licensure is also required; for me, the licensing process is far enough away that I have perspective, but not so far in the past that I have forgotten its gaps.  

If elected, I pledge to devote my energy and experience to representing the interests of agents, to avoiding undue regulatory burdens, and to ensuring that agents’ voices are heard. Thank you. 

Brigitte Chan

Montréal QC

As the head of Bereskin & Parr’s Montreal office, a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm serving clients across all industries around the world, I have a strong commitment to intellectual property, with over 20 years of experience in this area. I counsel clients in trademark clearance, prosecution, licensing and litigious matters, including in industrial design, copyright, packaging and labelling, and Internet-related matters. My practice includes portfolio management of Canadian and international companies, both on a domestic and international level. I also provide clients with legal advice and strategic guidance, which requires me to participate in strategic decisions, including brand audits and IP acquisitions. I bring with me local, national and international experience that reflects the reality of an IP practitioner in Canada.

Based on the Board of Directors Skills & Attributes Matrix, I believe that the diverse experience that I have acquired through my professional practice, life experience, firm management roles and dedication to education in the field of trademark, strongly support my candidacy for the role of a CPATA Board member.

I hold both a Civil Law degree and a Common Law degree from the University of Ottawa, and completed an Intensive Intellectual Property Summer Program at the University of Victoria. I spent a number of years in our Toronto office before moving to Montreal in 2005. I am a member of the Quebec and Ontario bars, which reflects my experience with the bijural and bilingual nature of Canada’s legal framework. Fluent in French and English, I am a frequent author on various topics, such as trade dress protection and Quebec French language issues, and have been involved in reported decisions rendered by the Federal courts in both patent and trademark litigation, and have appeared before the Trademarks Opposition Board.

As leader of the Montreal office and having been a member of several firm management committees, I have the requisite experience in terms of human resources, budgeting, financial management, insurance and risk management, to discern and analyze a broad range of issues. I am involved in overseeing my firm’s trademark practices and processes, educational training, recruitment and marketing initiatives. I also contribute to our firm’s third-party publications and participate in leading discussions and speaking engagements around IP, as well as Diversity and Inclusion related topics.

Furthermore, I have dedicated over 15 years to education in the field of trademark. I have acted as lecturer and workshop leader for the McGill / IPIC Trademark Course for over a decade, until I became Assistant Course Director in 2020, and Course Director in 2021 and 2022, successfully shifting a full week course to an online version within only months in 2020 due to the pandemic. I also engage in ensuring internal education to my firm’s associates, clerks and assistants to be well trained in the area of trademarks, including knowledge of CIPO’s online services for trademark filings, prosecution and opposition/section 45 proceedings.

As a mother of two lovely girls, I am highly effective in organizational and time management, with an adaptability to change. I was also a recipient of the Order of Merit in 2021 from the University of Ottawa, Civil Law Section, the highest distinction awarded by the faculty in recognition of my achievement. I am a member of the Advisory Board of the 2022 and 2021 Canadian General Counsel Awards, where Bereskin & Parr sponsored the Diversity Award.

Based on all of the foregoing, I believe that I have the experience, knowledge, skills and attributes to be an effective Board member and provide insight to the Board in the governance of CPATA.

Julien Collin

Sherbrooke QC

It is with enthusiasm that I submit to you my nomination for member of the board of directors for the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents.

With ten years of experience in civil litigation, in transactional law and in commercial law, I am also a trademark agent since 2014.

In my practice, I am called evidently to oversee the filing of trademark applications, but also to value and protect my clients’ intellectual property rights, not only through transactional or judicial means, but also through support, training and education, all of which I am very proud.

I practise as a lawyer and trademark agent with the firm Hackett Campbell Bouchard in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where I am a partner since 2018. I also teach business law and ethics at the Williams School of Business of Bishop’s University and regularly act as instructor for my colleagues and for the public. 

My extensive experience in governance and policy-making make me a prime candidate to look after the interests of the College and of the public and to contribute to its growth.

Among others, I have had the great pleasure to assume the following positions:

  • President of the Young Lawyers Association of Saint-François (2016-2017)
  • Bencher of the Law Society of Saint-François (2016-2018)
  • Member of the Senate of Bishop’s University (2020 to this day)
  • Member of the board of the Maison Régionale de l’Industrie(2020 to this day)

I also sit on the board of directors of many community organizations, where my expertise has particularly been sought-after for restructuring mandates and/or internal policy review. Those include:

  • Alzheimer Society of the Eastern Townships
  • Centre Communautaire Partage Saint-François (homelessness response organization)
  • La Petite Boîte Noire (cultural NPO) 
This involvement has in fact earned me the Lawyer of Tomorrow distinction in 2019 awarded by the Young Lawyers Association of Saint-François to one of its members who has distinguished himself by its professional or personal realisations or by his social and/or community involvement.
I humbly represent that my nomination also answers the needs for diversity and inclusion pursued by the College for its board of directors. Indeed, I have decided to establish my practice in Quebec, outside of major centres, and to offer to my clients in the region bilingual and affordable services with the same quality that those offered in larger cities. Access for the public to qualified professionals in the regions is in fact one of the concerns that leads me to submit my nomination today. As I always make sure to maintain a balanced lifestyle, you can often find me hiking to the top of one the summits of Eastern Canada with my family and my dog or entertain my loved ones by playing the piano or the guitar. It will be my pleasure to discuss with each and every one of you should you have any question regarding my background or my nomination or should you have any concerns that you would like to raise.   

Peter Cooke

Ottawa ON

Leonora Hoicka

Toronto ON

I am seeking election as a Member of the Board of Directors of CPATA. My professional and volunteer experience in intellectual property and corporate management will assist the Board in governing the College through its next formative years. My background includes private and corporate practice: 10 years with Ridout & Maybee in Toronto followed by 27 years with IBM in Markham, ON and Armonk, NY. Through my professional work and my participation in domestic and international IP associations, I have contributed to the development of IP laws in both patents and trademarks, such as PCT reform, changes to the Madrid / Nice systems, and Canadian and US patent and trademark practice. I served on the IPIC governing Board for several years between 1999 and 2011, helping with the diverse substantive and practise issue of the membership. My IBM experience also includes participation on the senior management team for the global IP Law department for more than 14 years, working with a diversity of legal colleagues and corporate clients around the world, and acting as corporate secretary for one of our acquired companies.    

My passion for self-governance of the Canadian profession is manifested by my multi-year commitment to IPIC’s Self-Governance Committee, with particular emphasis on the privilege dossier and the Code of Conduct. These are two areas that have come into focus for the College to address in the near term.    

I have also served as chair of IPIC’s Patent Agent Examination Standards Committee for several years. The Standards Committee works with the Patent Agent Examination Board to ensure that the examination conforms to a consistent format that tests patent examination candidates on the true competencies required for agent practice. We have made a number of proposals to the former regulator, CIPO, about better aligning the patent exam with proven structures in other jurisdictions. Recently, the Standards Committee assisted CPATA with transitioning the patent agent examination from CIPO and preparing for the 2021 examination. As chair, I also participated with the Deputy Registrar of the College in an orientation for candidates.  These unique skills and experiences will assist the Board in guiding the College in its announced plan to recast the examinations for both patent and trademark agents.    

Thank you for considering my candidacy to the Board. I look forward to an exciting future for the profession with our new College.

Karol Pawlina

Toronto ON

My name is Karol Pawlina. I am a Toronto based Trademark Agent and lawyer. I received my J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School – York University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. Upon being called to the Bar, I became a sole practitioner. Being a sole practitioner, I am very cost conscious. 

I am hoping to be elected to the board of the College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents as a Trademark Agent. Should I be elected to the Board, I hope to advocate for fiscal prudence. Recognizing that licensing fees have increased significantly for Trademark Agents in the last couple of years, if elected to the board, I hope to reduce the financial burden of licensing fees and insurance for Trademark Agents. 

I am currently a public Council Member for the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario which is the self-regulatory body for insurance brokers in Ontario. Prior to attending law school, I completed an Honours Bachelor of Engineering at Ryerson University. I am currently registered as an Engineer in Training with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. 

On a personal note, I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, downhill skiing, and cross-country skiing. Unfortunately, I have lived most of my life in Toronto.  I am also fluent in Polish. 

Ali Sodagar

Vancouver BC

With more than 15 years of experience as a Trade-mark Agent, I have provided advice and counsel to business professionals and organizations of all sizes that included assisting both private and public companies with their intellectual property portfolios.

As the founder of Sodagar & Company Law Corp. – a leading Canadian law firm that actively practises in the areas of intellectual property, international business transaction, and litigation/dispute resolution – my approach to law is client focused, with a view to achieving effective and efficient results for my entrepreneurial and business minded clients. I have also appeared at all levels of courts and various tribunals in British Columbia.

Outside of my law practice, I sit on the board of various public companies and provide strategic and operational advice. I therefore have a thorough understanding of the importance and influence the board has in an organization. As a business owner, I understand the challenges that solo practitioners and small to medium sized businesses face in operating their business.

My experience as a Trade-mark Agent combined with my knowledge and experience advising business professionals and public companies makes me an ideal candidate for this position. I believe that I can be my colleagues’ voice by having a seat at the Board of the College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents.

Anna Sosis

Toronto ON

I am an intellectual property lawyer and a trademark agent, leading TD Bank Group’s trademark and commercial intellectual property practice.  I am accountable for the legal protection of TD’s brand, ranked the most valuable brand in Canada and 12th most valuable banking brand in the world valued at US$ 16.1 billion.  I furthermore engage and manage legal counsel internationally, particularly in the US, Asia, and the EU, and use my expertise to facilitate discussions and resolutions between senior executive stakeholders. I manage $1,000,000+ budgets, reporting and liaising with stakeholders. 

I have over 22 years of experience in the technology and banking industries, specializing in intellectual property at TD for the last 9 years.  My practice spans prosecution, litigation, commercial intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions. I play the key role in establishing TD’s enterprise policies for intellectual property terms, open-source software, Internet-based trademark infringement and domain name cybersquatting processes. Furthermore, as a member of INTA’s Financial Services Industry Group, I have had the privilege of sharing my expertise on these topics with my industry colleagues. 

Balancing intellectual property rights with business risk is a critical skill I apply in my practice to achieve resolutions. For instance, this skill was critical to the successful resolution of a recent trend-setting trademark infringement lawsuit launched by TD in the US to protect consumers from inadvertently disclosing their banking information. Similarly, I used a risk-based approach to enable TD’s expansion into sponsorships of esports. When TD expanded into esports, the nature of esports sponsorship terms presented a novel challenge that did not fit organizational perspectives. I took on this challenge and led the project from the legal perspective, consulting with financial and IP industry internationally, and working extensively with senior executives to adjust old organizational perspectives, balance risks, and find hybrid legal and business solutions that adopted the risk-based approach. 

I bring a unique and diverse set of skills, work, and life experiences. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked in the technology sector at IBM where I held several challenging roles successfully managing technology projects and delivering outcomes on tight deadlines.  My actuarial and computer science backgrounds and strong technical skills enabled me to hone in on risk areas and to create solutions to mitigate those risks. 

My diverse background as a first-generation Canadian who has lived in two other countries prior to emigrating to Canada and acquired knowledge of four languages has exposed me to varying points of view and differing outlooks, important skills which enhance my decision-making skills immensely. 

I am very proud to be a member of TD’s legal team which won two Canadian Law Awards in 2021 including being named Canadian Law Department of the Year. In addition, I hold numerous academic awards. 

I am committed to contributing to excellence, ethics and innovation in the trademark and patent profession and delivery of trademark and patent services. 

Douglas B. Thompson

Victoria BC

Why I am seeking election

I was a member of the IPIC committee pressing for privilege and “self governance”.  We achieved privilege but we did not achieve “self-governance”.  The College became an “independent regulator” with the majority of the directors appointed by the government from outside of the profession.  In fairness, all of the directors appointed to date from outside of the profession have been excellent appointments.

My name was put forward by IPIC to represent Trademark Agents and I became one of the founding directors of the College.   As one of the founding directors, I am aware of the struggles the College went through to get where we are today and the further work that must be done to address a number of problems that were encountered during the initial start up phase.  I am asking that you elect me to continue being one of the two Trademark Agents representing the profession. 

My involvement in the Trademark Profession

I became a Trademark Agent in 1979. You might be aware of or have had files with one of the firms I have been involved with:

  • Prowse Chowne Thompson Prowse & Mallon (Edmonton) (now Prowse Chowne)
  • Thompson Lambert (Edmonton) (with the late Tony Lambert)
  • Thompson & Associates (Edmonton) (now Thompson Woodruff)
  • Thompson Cooper (Victoria) (with Michael D. Cooper)

Where you may have encountered me

I was involved for a number of years with the sole practitioner and small practice committee of IPIC.  I was involved for a number of years with the Forums and Seminars committee of IPIC and usually had duties at the annual meeting.