DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy has been appointed Chair of the Canadian Intellectual Property and Technology Group.
Since joining the firm in 2016, Sangeetha has been a valuable member of the firm's world-class IP practice. With over a decade of experience litigating copyright, patent and trademark matters, Sangeetha has been at the forefront of significant wins at the highest levels of the Canadian Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, where she has appeared twice. An active member of the intellectual property community, she was Chair of the Ontario Bar Association IP-IT Section from 2017-2018, serves on the Canada Amicus committee of the International Trademarks Association, and is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She is currently a Global Fellow with the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Sangeetha is also a frequent speaker at IP related conferences, a prolific author for some of Canada’s leading IP publications, and is regularly interviewed by media on IP issues.
For her expertise in IP law Sangeetha has been recognized in leading ranking guides including: Legal 500, Best Lawyers, World Trademark Review, World Intellectual Property Review, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Expert Guides, Managing Intellectual Property and LMG Life Sciences. In 2018, she was named as a Lexpert Rising Star, a prestigious annual award which celebrates professional excellence, effective leadership, and commitment to the community.
“Sangeetha brings an invaluable breadth and depth of experience to head the Canadian IPT team, and her dedication to teamwork and collaboration will be instrumental in continuing to grow the high quality IPT practice in Canada. This will help to further strengthen DLA Piper’s reputation as one of the world’s leading intellectual property practices,” says Ann Ford, US Chair and Global Co-Chair, Intellectual Property and Technology. “I look forward to working with Sangeetha in her new leadership position, and building on the strong foundation established by her predecessors.”
“I congratulate Sangeetha on her new role,” said Robert Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner. “She is an exceptional lawyer, who is known for her insight, excellent judgment and approachability. I have no doubt Sangeetha’s leadership will greatly contribute to the firm’s national and international reputation as an authority in intellectual property law.”
Sangeetha will succeed Chris Bennett and Bruce Stratton who were Co-Chairs of the Canadian IPT group since 2016.