Laura MacFarlane
Laura MacFarlane
Practice Group Leader, Trademark Agent
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Laura MacFarlane is a Calgary-based partner with Field Law, the practice group leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group, a Registered Canadian Trademark Agent as well as being active member of the firm’s Insurance, Labour + Employment and Dispute Resolution groups. In her broad roles, Laura provides a range of legal services and strategic advice to clients across many industries both domestically and internationally.

Laura has particular experience in advising clients on contentious intellectual property matters in all areas including trademarks, patents, copyright, and trade secrets. She is a skilled advocate both in and out of the courtroom. She has successfully obtained and resisted injunctive relief for her clients. She also has significant experience negotiating favourable resolution for her clients. When assisting intellectual property clients in her capacity as a trademark agent, Laura’s work in clearing, protecting and commercializing her client’s brands and managing their trademark portfolios spans a wide range of industries, which often includes technology, consumer goods, heavy industrial machinery, lifestyle brands, food, beverage and restaurants, among others.

In her employment practice, Laura provides strategic advice on a range of topics, with a particular focus on the intersection of employment matters and intellectual property rights; acting for employers, employees and contractors. In her insurance practice, Laura acts primarily on behalf of insurers in the course of claims defense on a variety of matters including casualty, motor vehicle, accident benefits, property loss, personal injury, professional liability, errors and omissions and bad faith claims. Laura also acts on a range of general dispute matters not covered in her other areas of practice, most often in respect of contractual disputes and defamation claims.

Value to Clients

Laura’s extensive work with clients who tend to have a large, well-known online presence, has given her invaluable knowledge when it comes to navigating this increasingly important space and the legal issues that accompany it. 

“I learn about my clients' business at the outset of a file. I do this because I recognize that the client’s experience and industry-specific knowledge is a tremendous asset to have and helps me in finding them the right legal solution to meet their needs. The client is the keeper of much of the relevant knowledge I need to do my job. Tapping into this resource and working with the client allows them to share some ownership over the file. In my experience, this collaboration ultimately yields better outcomes.” 

Outside the Office

Laura’s keen eye for design and love for interior decorating has allowed her to transform her home and work spaces into carefully curated, well-designed productivity retreats. When she isn’t redecorating her own – or her friend’s – home or office, she’s planning her next food-inspired getaway. 

Calgary Bar Association
2009 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2009 - Present
Community Service Award
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
Best Cross-Examination
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Calgary Legal Guidance
2011 - 2023
Sunshine Village Corporation v Chevalier, 2018 ABQB 484
Geophysical Service Incorporated v. Encana Corporation, 2016 ABQB 230
College of Dietitians of Alberta v. 3393291 Canada Inc. (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition), 2015 FC 449
October 2023
IP Explained: 5 Common Copyright Myths
What is intellectual property (IP), and how do you protect it? In this video series, we will explain what IP is, the types of IP your organization may have, and tips and practical considerations to help you protect, enforce, and commercialize your IP. ...
May 2023
IP Explained: The Basics
What is intellectual property (IP), and how do you protect it? In this video series, we will explain what IP is, the types of IP your organization may have, and tips and practical considerations to help you protect, enforce, and commercialize your IP. ...
January 2023 - 6 min read
How a Woman Uses an Obscure Legal Tool to Expose Online Trolls in Court
Canada Today
When a woman turned to leaders at The Meeting House megachurch in southern Ontario with allegations that her former pastor had sexually abused her, the ensuing investigation forced the pastor to resign and resulted in a reckoning that led to a drop in ...
February 24 + March 10
2020 - A Year in Review Webinar Series
Did you miss the Field Law Labour + Employment Group's annual Year in Review? The recordings are now available! Is employer-friendly OHS legislation coming to a worksite near you? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on employment legislation a...
December 3, 2020
Cocktails + Counsel: Setting Your Business Up for Success in Uncertain Times
Q+A Session
Join Field Law for another edition of Cocktails + Counsel, this time co-presented with PARK. This complimentary series brings you together with a few of our lawyers for an unscripted chat about legal issues pertinent to local business owners in th...
Winter 2020
2019 - A Year in Review Seminar Series
Join the Field Law Labour + Employment Group for our annual seminars featuring legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups.Part 1 has been approved for 1.75 CPD hours and Part 2 has been approved for 2.25 CPD hou...
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
The Field Law Labour and Employment Group presents the annual Year in Review seminars in Calgary and Edmonton. Join us for legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups in the areas of:  Part 1: Human Rights ...
October 2018
#Hashmarks: Can a Hashtag be a Trademark?
The Medium
Through its automatic web of connections, the humble hashtag has been repurposed: it’s now associated with the cachet of internet fame.  In social media platforms the hashtag brings users from one descriptor to thousands of associated result...
Canada, 2013, Trademark Agent
University of Western Ontario, 2009, Juris Doctor
University of Western Ontario, 2006, Bachelor of Science
Saint Mary's University, 2004, Bachelor of Science
French (Conversant)