Shane Hardy

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Shane Hardy (he/him/his) is a partner at Cassels and serves as Chair of the firm’s Business Law Group. As part of his extensive trademark practice, Shane has acted as counsel to a wide range of Canadian and international intellectual property rights holders and has assisted in the acquisition, licensing, protection and enforcement of some of the world’s most famous trademarks. A Registered Trademark Agent, Shane is one of a select, few Canadian practitioners recognized for their expertise in commercial transactions regarding trademarks. He is often called upon by brand owners around the world to assist in the acquisition of businesses that have brands and intellectual property as core assets.

Shane has managed international trademark portfolios on behalf of some of Canada’s most successful brands. He has prosecuted trademark applications, acted for clients in trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings, and provided opinions to domestic and international clients on trademark availability and registrability. Shane has enforced and licensed intellectual property rights on behalf of well-known international retailers, educational service providers, colleges and universities. He also acted as counsel on the acquisition of a major Canadian distillery on behalf of one of the world’s leading owners of alcohol brands.

  • Acritas Star, Independently Rated Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Intellectual Property)
  • Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)
  • Chambers Global (Intellectual Property)
  • Lexpert, Rising Star Award (2014)
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star
  • Registered Trademark Agent
  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Trademarks)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks
  • World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), Leader
  • WTR1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals
  • “He really stands out. He takes the time to understand our business and is more of a business partner to us.” – Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)
  • “Solid reputation for his representation of an impressive range of domestic and international brands.” – Chambers Global (Intellectual Property)
  • “Down-to-earth, approachable and helps us appreciate the true risks involved.” – Chambers Global (Intellectual Property)
  • “Extremely helpful and knowledgeable.” – Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)
  • “A brilliant person to have on your side.” – WTR1000
  • “Has leadership qualities in abundance, which is why high-profile patrons such as Mattel and Nike enlist him to manage all aspects of their Canadian trademark work.” – WTR1000
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University, 2000
  • Ontario, 2002
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group