Shane Hardy

Shane Hardy
Telephone: 416 869 5384
Fax: 416 646 5501

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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"A brilliant person to have on your side."
Client Testimonial, WTR1000

Shane Hardy is a partner and Chair of the firm’s Business Law practice group. Shane’s extensive trademark practice has seen him act as counsel to a wide range of Canadian and international intellectual property (“IP”) rights holders and has allowed him to assist in the acquisition, licensing, protection and enforcement of some of the world's most famous trademarks. A Registered Trademark Agent, Shane is recognized as a leading lawyer by the World Trademark Review (WTR1000): The World's Leading Trademark Professionals for his work in prosecution, contentious and transactional matters. WTR writes in their 2014 edition that Shane is “proactive and down to earth in his approach.” He “is considering the client’s business and brand strategically, which positions companies well for any future disputes or issues they may encounter.” Sources affirm that Shane is “a rising star of Canadian trademark law.” He is also recognized as a leading IP lawyer by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, was selected as one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in 2014 and was named an “IP Star” by Managing IP from 2014 through 2017.

Shane  is one of a select few Canadian practitioners recognized for their expertise in commercial transactions regarding trademarks and 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's experience includes:

  • Managing international trademark portfolios on behalf of some of Canada’s most successful brands
  • Prosecuting trademark applications as a Registered Trademark Agent
  • Acting for clients in respect of trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings
  • Providing opinions to domestic and international clients on trademark availability and registrability
  • Conducting litigation risk and strategy opinions
  • Enforcing and licensing intellectual property rights on behalf of well known international retailers, educational service providers, colleges and universities
  • Acting as counsel on the acquisition of a major Canadian distillery on behalf of one of the world’s leading owners of alcohol brands

Shane is an active leader within the Canadian IP Community. He has been a member of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”) Enforcement Committee and is the incoming Chair of INTA’s Famous and Well Known Marks Canadian Subcommittee. Shane’s leading involvement in sound marks resulted in him being invited to present to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2013 Annual Meeting where he chaired a panel of experts from the United States and Europe on non-traditional trademark issues.

Shane is also active in Canada’s legal education community and, for several years, coached the Osgoode Hall Law School team in Canada’s Fox Moot (Canada’s national intellectual property moot). In 2013 he presented at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law at a session entitled ‘Protecting Roots,’ designed to chronicle protection strategies for one of Canada’s most famous brands.  Shane also lectures, along with members of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office’s Opposition Board, on trademark matters at Osgoode Hall Law School.


  • “Extremely helpful and knowledgeable.” – Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)


Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2000

Recent Work

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Significant Changes to the Trademarks Act Are Coming – How Will They Impact Your Business and What Can You do Now to Prepare?

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2002


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group


  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017-2020 (Intellectual Property)
  • Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Trademarks)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks (2017)
  • Managing Intellectual Property "IP Star" (2014-2019)
  • Registered Trademark Agent
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015-2016, 2018-2019 (Intellectual Property)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2013-2015) (Intellectual Property)
  • WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals (2012-2019)
  • Expert Guides: The World's Leading Trademark Practitioners (2017)
  • Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2014)
  • WIPR Leaders 2017



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