Canada announces Federal Court prothonotary appointment

From: Department of Justice Canada

March 8, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced that Angela M. Furlanetto, a partner with DLA Piper LLP, is appointed a prothonotary of the Federal Court in Ottawa.

Biography

Prior to her appointment, Prothonotary Angela Furlanetto was a Partner with the law firm DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, where she practiced intellectual property (IP) litigation. She received a Master of Science in Biochemistry before obtaining her LL.B and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1998. She spent the bulk of her career with the intellectual property litigation firm Dimock Stratton LLP, which combined with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in 2016.

Prothonotary Furlanetto has received many accolades for her contributions to intellectual property law, particularly for her work in patent litigation and in the field of life sciences, where she was recognized by directories such as the Canadian Legal Lexpert® directory, IAM Patent 1000, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Benchmark Canada, and Managing Intellectual Property. She appeared regularly before the Federal Courts, handling all areas of intellectual property and a variety of technical subject matter.

Dedicated to practice development, she was a regular speaker on topics such as litigation practice, procedure and advocacy. She was an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, serving as a former Chair of the National IP Section, an active member of the Court Practice Committee, one of the original members of the Federal Court IP User’s Committee and as IP Section representative on the Federal Court Bench and Bar Committee.

Committed to the development of lawyers in intellectual property law, Prothonotary Furlanetto helped found the Harold G. Fox Moot, Canada’s only intellectual property moot, where she served as Chair for ten years.

Quick facts

  • Since 2016, the Government of Canada has made over 250 judicial appointments.

  • Canada’s judiciary is internationally renowned and respected for its independence and diversity. In October 2016, the government introduced important reforms to the appointments process, aimed at strengthening the selection process. Of the individuals appointed under the new process, over half are women, eight are Indigenous, 20 identify as visible minorities, 13 identify as LGBTQ2, and three identify as persons with disabilities.

  • Prothonotaries are judicial officers of the Federal Court. They have jurisdiction over a number of procedural and substantive matters, as provided in the Federal Courts Rules.

  • Their duties generally include case management, interlocutory motion hearings, and mediations. They can also conduct trials for claims of $50,000 or less.

  • Currently, prothonotaries reside in major centres across the country – in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal – where they preside over each of the Court’s weekly motions courts. They also travel across the country as required.

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