Ms. Fuhrer was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court and a judge ex officio of the Federal Court of Appeal in June 2019; updates to this bio are pending.

Janet Fuhrer is a partner in the Ottawa office of Ridout & Maybee LLP and has served on the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on trade-mark and copyright matters, including strategies for the maintenance and protection of intellectual property, litigation, licensing, due diligence and securitization of intellectual property, confidential disclosure agreements and privacy issues. Janet has obtained an LL.M. in e-Business and been granted the Certified Specialist designation in Intellectual Property (Trade-mark/Copyright Law) by The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). She is involved in numerous professional activities and is a frequent speaker and moderator at various IP conferences and meetings. Notably, she is a Past President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and Second Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Janet has been selected by peers as a leading practitioner for inclusion in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (17th Edition), as well as the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Intellectual Property Law. She also has been recognized in the 2011 Managing Intellectual Property ip Handbook and in the 2012 and 2013 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.