Laura MacFarlane
Laura MacFarlane
Partner,
Trademark Agent
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Laura MacFarlane is a Calgary-based Partner with Field Law and is part of the firm’s insurance and intellectual property practices, as well as the firm’s general litigation group. In her broad role, Laura provides a range of legal services to clients across many industries, both in Alberta, nationally and internationally.

Laura’s work in intellectual property and insurance law has allowed her to build strong, complimentary skill sets in litigation, negotiation and strategy development. Because each practice group typically sees Laura’s client work having a focus both in and out of the court room. Laura has honed her negotiation techniques for a variety of legal settings. Laura also practices general litigation outside of her two practice groups. 

When assisting intellectual property clients as a lawyer and trademark agent, Laura’s client work spans a wide range of industries, which often includes technology, consumer goods, heavy industrial machinery, lifestyle brands, food, beverage and restaurants, among others. While Laura is based in Calgary, her intellectual property practice has seen her providing legal services to clients across Canada. 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.

Clients come to Laura for a range of legal services, including:

  • Insurance defence in a broad range of matters;
  • Assistance in both the prosecution and litigation of trademark matters from filing to registration, renewal and beyond
  • Intellectual Property specific litigation with a particular focus on matters of trade secret protection, trade-mark infringement, copyright infringement as well as contractual and fiduciary issues
  • Internet-based disputes including defamation cases and obtaining novel Court remedies including Norwich Orders to identify otherwise anonymous wrongdoers

Laura also works with clients to resolve employment issues which if left unsolved can create an undesirable work environment, reduce retention and negatively impact productivity. Her advice in the areas of compensation, hiring and termination, human rights complaints, privacy matters, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, contract negotiation and policy creation and implementation helps clients find solutions that maintain an effective workforce.

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
Member
2009 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
2009 - Present
Community Service Award
University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law
2008
Best Cross-Examination
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
2008
Calgary Legal Guidance
Volunteer
2011 - Present
Sunshine Village Corporation v Chevalier, 2018 ABQB 484
Packers Plus Energy Services Inc. v. Essential Energy Services Ltd., 2017 FC 1111
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
Winter 2019
2018 A Year in Review Seminar Series
Seminars
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...
February 2018
Trademarks: Use it or lose it – and prove it!
The Medium
You may be surprised to learn that even after your trade-mark is registered, it can be expunged from the Trade-marks Register. One way is through Section 45 of the Trade-marks Act (“Act”). Section 45 of the Act authorizes expungement of tra...
February 2014
The Legal Perils of 3D Printing
3D printing refers to the techniques also known as “additive manufacturing”. This process uses a digital model to create a three-dimensional object by adding successive layers of materials in the shape of the object.3D printing machine...
June 2013
Norwich Orders: You Can't Be Anonymous on the Internet After All
The Medium
It’s hard to start a lawsuit when you don’t know who you’re suing. What can potential claimants do when they have been wronged but lack the essential information necessary to start a lawsuit? The answer to this question came in ...
March 2013
Utility Models, Petty Patents & Innovation Patents: Efficient IP Protection for SMEs
The Medium
For small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), patent protection can be complex and costly. And yet, for many of them, patent protection is a must to maintain their competitive edge. A fast and cheap option for protecting mechanical inventions, pro...
June 2012
Legal Pitfalls of Social Media for Business
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are powerful business tools for marketing products and services and building brand recognition. However, the undeniable advantages of using such tools cannot be discusse...
April 2012
Canadian Patents: Importance of Registering Assignment
The Medium
This is a review of a recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which has implications for Canadian patent owners and assignees.   The case is Verdellen v. Monaghan Mushrooms Ltd.The facts are that the Applicant...
Education
University of Western Ontario, 2009, Juris Doctor
University of Western Ontario, 2006, Bachelor of Science
Saint Mary's University, 2004, Bachelor of Science
Canada, 2013, Trade Mark Agent
Admissions
Alberta,2010
Languages
French