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Justine M. Whitehead
Managing Partner

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Justine M. Whitehead
Law Practice
Justine Whitehead is Managing Partner of the Ottawa office of Stikeman Elliott and head of the Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Whitehead practises federal regulatory law, mainly in the areas of intellectual property, marketing and advertising, and international trade law. She has appeared before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal on matters relating to intellectual property and international trade.

Ms. Whitehead regularly counsels clients in connection with the acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights. Her practice includes trademark prosecution and portfolio management, and advice on enforcement of intellectual property rights. Ms. Whitehead also provides advice on intellectual property issues arising from commercial and transactional matters. Ms. Whitehead has significant experience in the negotiating and drafting of technology services and intellectual property licensing agreements.

Ms. Whitehead provides counsel pertaining to the marketing, advertising and sale of regulated consumer products including food, beverages, natural health products, cosmetics, pharmaceutical products, medical devices, consumer chemicals, pesticides and hazardous products.

Ms. Whitehead has advised on all aspects of the Canadian procurement process, including preparing bid submissions. She has represented government institutions and various complainants before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) in the procurement review process, and has appeared before the Federal Court of Appeal in respect of judicial review of decisions of the CITT.

Ms. Whitehead is frequently recognized for her expertise, including:
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2013 in the field of Intellectual Property.

  • Noted in The Legal 500 Canada 2014-2016 for her expertise in Intellectual Property.

  • Included in World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 - World's Leading Trademark Professionals, in the fields of "prosecution and strategy" and "transactions", which noted that she is "very client focused" and "knows how to get a deal done".

Professional Activities
Ms. Whitehead is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC).

Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 1997), Carleton University (BA economics, Honours BA english, MA Canadian studies).

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Whitehead spent several years working in finance and corporate development at Canada Post Corporation's headquarters in Ottawa.

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1999

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