At Fogler, Rubinoff, we believe that making a difference begins with trust. Experience and sound judgment earn it. Client relationships are built on it. Results keep it.

Colleen Spring Zimmerman




Listed as a Leading Practitioner in the 2016 Canadian Lexpert® Directory

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Colleen was selected by her peers to be included in the 10th Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law.

My practice centers on Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology (IT), including trade-marks, patents, copyright, licensing, distribution arrangements, technology matters and transactions and on litigation in this field.

I have assisted clients in all aspects of matters dealing with IP and IT transactions. I handle all types of due diligence and complex IP and IT licensing and transactional arrangements.  I also work closely with clients with respect to their intellectual property portfolios and their international IP and IT strategies, including for enhanced revenue generation.  I represent clients in IP litigation in the Ontario and Federal Courts.

I am the Co-chair of the Business Development Committee at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP.


MARCH 23 2017

Can You Sleep At Night – You Need To Know About Injunctions In Canada

The mattress business is a competitive one! Trade-marks in the mattress business are valuable!

Sleep Country Canada Inc. is a major mattress retailer in Canada. It is best known for its slogan "Why Buy a Mattress Anywhere Else?"...

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MARCH 01 2017

What's "Trending Now" in Digital Advertising & Marketing Law

 Seminar Materials.

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JANUARY 26 2017

Industrial Design Protection In Canada: Changes Before The Office January, 2017

Industrial design registrations under the Industrial Design Act (the "Act") are similar to design patents in the US. They protect the features of a product that are visually appealing and not purely utilitarian. They can consist of a shape, configuration or composition of pattern or color, or combination of pattern and color in three-dimensional form, such as the design of a table or the shape of a computer monitor...

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AUGUST 10 2016

Eight Fogler Rubinoff Partners recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada

Fogler, Rubinoff is pleased to announce that the following lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

  • Steven A. Cygelfarb - Real Estate Law
  • Milton A. Davis - Legal Malpractice Law
  • Michael B. Fraleigh - Health Care Law
  • Jeffrey B. Goldenberg - Real Estate Law
  • Bill Hearn - Advertising & Marketing Law
  • Kenneth W. Movat - Construction Law
  • Sheldon Silver - Tax Law
  • Colleen Spring Zimmerman - Intellectual Property Law 

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.                            

JUNE 28 2016

Eight Fogler Rubinoff Partners have been profiled as Leading Practitioners in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory

The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory  has profiled eight Fogler Rubinoff lawyers as leading practitioners:

Steven A. Cygelfarb - Property Leasing

Milton A. Davis - Professional Liability

Michael B. Fraleigh - Medical Negligence

Bill Hearn - Advertising & Marketing Law

Martin L. Middlestadt - Property Leasing

Kenneth W. Movat - Construction Law

Colleen Spring Zimmerman - Intellectual Property

Michael S. Wolfish - Property Leasing

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory ranks individual lawyers across 64 areas of expertise and firms in over 40 practice areas. Recommendations for lawyers in the annual publication are the product of an extensive peer review process, with firm rankings tabulated from the cumulative rankings of individuals within each practice area reviewed.

JANUARY 21 2016

Ontario Bar Association Institute 2016

Ontario Bar Association Institute 2016 runs from February 2-6, 2016. Three of Fogler Rubinoff's lawyers are speaking at the event:

AUGUST 25 2015

10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

We are pleased to announce that Steven A. Cygelfarb, Milton A. Davis, Michael B. Fraleigh, Jeffrey B. Goldenberg, Martin L. Middlestadt, Kenneth W. MovatSheldon Silver, Q.C. and Colleen Spring Zimmerman have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 10th Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.

AUGUST 13 2015

Colleen Spring Zimmerman interviewed by Epoch Times

Colleen Spring Zimmerman was interviewed and quoted in this article about changing attitudes towards protecting intellectual property.

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JULY 30 2015

Leading Practitioners in the 2015 Canadian Lexpert® Directory

Fogler, Rubinoff LLP is pleased to announce that the following lawyers are Listed as Leading Practitioners in the  2015 Canadian Lexpert® Directory:


Steven Cygelfarb

Milton Davis

Michael Fraleigh

Martin Middlestadt

Kenneth Movat

Sheldon Silver

Colleen Spring Zimmerman

Michael Wolfish

MAY 10 2013

IP Currents

MAY 01 2013

Highlights of the Safe Food For Industry

APRIL 01 2013

Bill On Local Food Act Re-Introduced

MARCH 01 2013

New Transition Plan for Natural Health Products

FEBRUARY 20 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada

We are pleased to announce that Raymond M. Gelgoot, Martin L. Middlestadt, Colleen Spring Zimmerman, Jeffrey B. Goldenberg, Steven A. Cygelfarb and Kenneth W. Movat, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Seventh Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.


  • Canadian Trade-mark Law Benchbook, 2012 Carswell Co-authored chapter on "Use in the Trade-marks Act and Section 45 Proceedings and Section 57 Proceedings"
  • IP Portfolio: Revenue Generation, 2009 KPMG Bulletin 
  • Registration of Trade-marks with Facebook, 2009 Co-authored with Brandon Evenson , Lawyers Weekly
  • Copyright Reform and Its Implications for Technology and Software Companies, 2009 Co-authored with Daniel Brinza , KPMG Enterprise Business Adviser 

Speaking Engagements

  • CASL Compliance - Upgrading Consents for CEMs before July 1, 2017  and Protecting Trademark Rights in Digital Advertising - Online Trademarks in Metatags, Hashtags, Keywords and Domain Names  at the the What's Trending Now in Digital Advertising & Marketing Seminar, February 28, 2017
  • Ethics in Mediation - IPIC Webinar, June 13, 2013 Toronto
  • Understanding Copyright Law and Reform Course, May 23rd and 24th, 2013, Toronto - Speaking on Technical Protection Measures
  • Toronto Speaks TV Series Legal Advice, June 17, 2013 Toronto
  • 4th Mastering IP & IT Transactions Conference, 2012 Toronto - Chaired this annual event for the last 3 years.  Prepared paper and spoke on Due Diligence for Complex IP and IT Transactions
  • 5th Patents as a Competitive Strategy Conference, 2012 Toronto - Chaired this annual event for the last 5 years. Prepared papers and spoke, including on Due Diligence for Complex IP and IT Technology Transactions
  • 16th Annual Intellectual Property Law - The Year in Review , 2012 Toronto - Panel member at this Law Society of Upper Canada conference and spoke on "How the Information Highway is Affecting IP Practice" (Part I) – Non-Litigation Panel"
  • INTA Annual Meeting, 2012, Washington - Speaker and Moderator on "A Look at Anti-Spam Legislation in Various Jurisdictions and How it Affects Brand Owners Use of Brands"
  • Ontario-New York State Legal Summit - Franchise, Licensing and Distribution Law Program, 2012, Buffalo - Prepared a paper and spoke on "License Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Agency Agreements and Private Label Agreements - A Canadian Perspective"
  • 3rd Mastering IP & IT Transactions Event, 2011 Toronto
  • INTA Annual Meeting , 2011, San Francisco- Speaker and moderator on "Seizure Orders: Anton Piller and Other Orders to Seize Infringing Goods"
  • ABA International Law Section – Searching for the Truth and Seizing the Deceitful: Should the Anton Piller Remedy Come into U.S. Courts?, 2011, Washington - Prepared a paper and spoke on "Anton Piller Orders"
  • Law Society of Upper Canada – Continuing Legal Education Program – The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2010 , Toronto - Prepared a paper and spoke on "Updates on Intellectual Property Law"
  • With KPMG – Toward Economic Recovery: Harnessing the Value of IP with Winning Strategies, 2009, Toronto - Prepared a paper and spoke on "Due Diligence for Complex IP and Technology Transactions"


  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • American Bar Association/Intellectual Property Section
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
  • Ontario Bar Association

Awards & Distinctions


  • Best Lawyers - Canada 2009 - 2016 Editions – named in Intellectual Property Law
  • World Trademark Review 2012 – WTR 1000 – named as a Leading Trademark Practitioner
  • LEXPERT – repeatedly recommended as a leading practitioner in Intellectual Property, 2011 – 2016 Editions
  • Chambers Global – the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Intellectual Property 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Editions – IP Litigation


  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1977
  • Dalhousie University, B.Sc. in Pharmacy, 1974
  • Certified Mediator (INTA) – May, 2011

Professional Designation

Registered Trade-mark Agent


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