In this ongoing series, we will profile each of the members of the OBA IP/ IT Law Section Executives to learn about them in five minutes or less. It’s five minutes or less because we know that a lot of you docket in six minute increments!
Name: Amrita V. Singh
Who is Amrita V. Singh? I am a partner at Marks & Clerk, and practice IP litigation. I have a busy practice, and am involved in the legal community in many ways, including as Secretary of the CBA IP section, an OBA Council representative for Toronto, a Federal Court Users Committee member, and Vice-Chair of the IPIC Litigation committee. I am also focused on fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, so I mentor female students, young women and people of colour interested in or practicing IP law.
Why did you choose IP/IT and what would you tell a young lawyer entering the IT/IP field? I chose IP because I have a science degree and wanted to continue to use that knowledge base as a lawyer. Being an IP litigator also allows me to engage the advocacy skills I have been honing since law school. I would tell a young lawyer that it is important to make sure that you find an area of the law that interests you and that you enjoy spending time learning about. It takes significant investments of time and energy to learn the law and sharpen your skills, so you need to make sure that your practice makes that as easy and enjoyable as possible. As a young lawyer, try different areas of IT/IP and don’t be afraid to change streams if you really like something that you didn’t expect.