Sharon Groom

PartnerMcMillan LLPIn-House Counsel

Sharon is a member of McMillan LLP's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group as well as its Competition Law Group. Sharon has an extensive background in intellectual property having worked in private practice specializing in Canadian and U.S. trade-marks and copyright, as well as having been a Hearing Officer for the Trade-marks Opposition Board. She brings a wealth of international corporate, commercial and business expertise gained as in-house counsel for companies in the financial services, publishing and technology industries. Her positions have included Senior Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel, Americas, for Thomas Cook; Director of Legal and Administrative Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Sharon is a member of McMillan LLP's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Group as well as its Competition Law Group. Her practice focuses on these areas.

Sharon has an extensive background in intellectual property having worked in private practice specializing in Canadian and U.S. trade-marks and copyright, as well as having been a Hearing Officer for the Trade-marks Opposition Board.

She also brings a wealth of international corporate commercial and business expertise gained as in-house counsel for companies in the financial services, publishing and technology industries. Her positions have included Senior Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel, Americas, for Thomas Cook; Director of Legal and Administrative Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. where she managed a global portfolio of over 2,500 trade-marks. She has also held a position as Corporate Legal Counsel for Newbridge Networks Corporation (now Alcatel Lucent).

Sharon is also an adjudicator for Resolution Canada Inc. to hear disputes over .ca domain names.

Sharon volunteers in several organizations, including the Honorary Governors' Circle of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Education

  • INSEAD The Business School for the World, France, 2000
  • Queen's University, LL.B., 1986
  • Queen's University, M.Mus., 1983

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1988

Associations

  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Trade-mark Association
  • Intellectual Property Committee, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Adjudicator, Resolution Canada Inc.