Intensely creative, and a published and award-winning novelist and screenwriter, as well as an attorney, Sylvia Mulholland is proud to say: “words are my business!” Her unique background, and passion for the arts, has led her into an area of law that combines both words (and ideas of all kinds) with business: intellectual property. Sylvia is a dual citizen (US and Canada) and is licensed to practice law in the United States and Canada, with clients on both sides of the border.
Sylvia earned her law degree from the University of Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, and became a long-standing partner with one of Canada’s most prominent intellectual property firms, Gowling Lafleur Henderson (now Gowling WLG) in the Toronto office, Trademark Department. She has also has worked for Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, in domestic and international trademarks, and for E! Entertainment, before opening her own boutique law firm.
Because of her expertise in trademarking, in both the US and Canada, she has lectured before the American Bar Association on the differences in prosecution of trademarks between the two countries. Not to be bound by borders, however, Sylvia has acquired a depth of experience in protecting, managing and enforcing international trademark portfolios for both multi-national corporations and small businesses of every kind that know the value of expansion in a truly global marketplace.
Global branding has become another specialty of Sylvia’s and she works daily with an extensive trusted network of intellectual property counsel around the world to “get it done” for the best rates possible. Prior to entering law school, Sylvia attended the well-respected Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. She also holds a Masters in Fine Art from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles where she won the prestigious Sloan Foundation Fellowship for screenwriting about science and scientists.
Sylvia is the author of two novels, published in the UK, Canada and Germany, and many newspaper and magazine articles on both legal and other subjects. She has also worked as a staff writer for E! Entertainment and as a freelance writer for Reelz in Los Angeles. With her creative, business, and legal experience Sylvia truly understands her clients’ goals, whether as artists, creative entrepreneurs or big businesses, in selecting and protecting an intellectual property portfolio that best achieves their unique objectives.