Shane Hardy

Chair, Canadian Intellectual Property Practice Group

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Cozen O'Connor's Recent Canadian Growth Featured on International

In the article, "Foreign Firms Making Waves in Canada's Mid-Market" discusses Cozen O'Connor's recent growth in Toronto and Vancouver.

Shane is a strategic business adviser who has assisted in the acquisition, licensing, and marketing of some of the world’s most famous trademarks and IP assets. Shane is one of a select few Canadian practitioners recognized for his experience in commercial transactions regarding intellectual property assets and is frequently called upon by brand owners around the world to assist with their international acquisition and licensing plans. Shane has assisted clients with dozens of cross-border acquisitions where target entities have an intellectual property focus.

As a registered trademark agent, Shane has managed intellectual property portfolios on behalf of some of the world’s most successful brands. He acts for clients in trademark oppositions and cancellation proceedings and provides strategic guidance to globally recognized clients on trademark availability, registrability and online expansion plans. Modern day brand owners expect legal counsel to understand their business, on a worldwide basis. Chambers Canada recently recounted one client who noted “… he really stands out. He takes the time to understand our business and is more of a business partner to us.”

While business-focused solutions are almost always preferred, clients appreciate that litigation can be necessary and, in some cases, even a driving force behind business success. Shane’s clients appreciate his courtroom presence and significant experience in dealing with all levels of Canadian courts. From proceedings before provincial Superior Courts, to the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, Shane’s success in representing clients in high-stakes litigation is key to his client’s success. Shane’s advocacy practice has seen him act on behalf of clients in virtually all sectors of the economy, including major international publishers, retailers, commercial developers, automotive giants, and post-secondary institutions.

Intellectual property assets increasingly form the basis of new business creation and expansion within the digital economy. Various online marketing and product claims have increasingly drawn the attention of capital market regulators. Shane’s decades of experience in intellectual property protection as the chair of a leading Canadian firm’s Business Law Group has afforded him the skills and experience to work hand-in-hand with clients to successfully respond to critical enforcement actions initiated by securities regulators.

Shane earned his LL.B. from Dalhousie University.



Cozen O'Connor's Recent Canadian Growth Featured on International

November 16, 2022

In the article, "Foreign Firms Making Waves in Canada's Mid-Market" discusses Cozen O'Connor's recent growth in Toronto and Vancouver.

Investindustrial’s Agreement to Purchase Majority Stake of Eataly S.p.A

October 17, 2022

Cozen O’Connor served as U.S. and Canadian counsel in Investindustrial’s acquisition of a majority stake in Eataly S.p.A., the global chain of upscale Italian marketplaces. A team led by M&A attorney and Italy Practice chair Christian Moretti conducted significant due diligence of more than 20 Eataly businesses in the United States and Canada, in collaboration with Deloitte Legal Italy and Studio Legale Chiomenti. For nearly two decades, Eataly has been operating high-quality Italian food markets and restaurant concepts in prestigious locations across the globe, including flagship stores in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, and Silicon Valley.

Two Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Chambers Canada Rankings

October 14, 2022

Chambers Canada has recognized two Cozen O’Connor attorneys, Shane Hardy and Steven J. Weisz, as leaders in their respective practices.

Six Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch in Canada

August 30, 2022

Best Lawyers selected five Cozen O’Connor lawyers from the firm’s Toronto and Vancouver offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada and one attorney from the Vancouver office for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Seven Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

May 31, 2022

Seven members of Cozen O'Connor’s Intellectual Property Department, Frank Abramonte, Thomas Fisher, James Gale, Gregory Gulia, Shane Hardy, Hugh Marbury, and Camille Miller have all been named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Changes to Firm Management 2022

March 23, 2022

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the following changes in firm leadership positions for the 2022 year.

Intellectual Property Department Recognized by World Trademark Review 2022

March 10, 2022

Cozen O'Connor’s Intellectual Property Department was recognized by World Trademark Review 1000.

Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized in 2022 Chambers Global Rankings

February 17, 2022

Chambers Global has recognized four Cozen O’Connor attorneys: Susan Eisenberg (Miami – Labor & Employment), Geoffrey Ferrer (New York – Transportation & Trade), Shane Hardy (Toronto – Intellectual Property), and Joseph Tilson (Chicago – Labor & Employment), as worldwide leaders in their respective practices.

Three Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Selected to Best Lawyers in Canada

August 26, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has selected three Cozen O’Connor lawyers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Cozen O’Connor Expands International Offices with Strategic Additions in Vancouver and Toronto

June 14, 2021

The new additions will further expand the firm’s North American Intellectual Property, Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense & Investigations, Product Liability, and Commercial Litigation practices.


  • Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2000

Awards & Honors

Acritas Star, Independently Rated Lawyers

Best Lawyers in Canada (Intellectual Property)

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Intellectual Property)

Chambers Canada (Intellectual Property)

Chambers Global (Intellectual Property)

Lexpert, Rising Star Award, Top Canadian Lawyers under 40 (2014)

Managing Intellectual Property, IP Star

Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Trademark)

Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), Leader

WTR1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals


  • Ontario

American Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)

Ontario Bar Association

Toronto Intellectual Property Group