Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Firm

Smart & Biggar lauded by Chambers Global for “bench strength and quality representation” in Intellectual Property and IP Litigation

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that the firm has once again received top-tier recognition in Intellectual Property in the 2021 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business with a Band 1 ranking, Chambers Global’s highest ranking.

Chambers researchers recognize Smart & Biggar as a “well-established IP and innovation boutique…[that] maintains an impressive IP development service, assisting high-profile clients with issues ranging from licensing and marketing to enforcement and litigation” They also noted we are “[r]eputed for its bench strength and quality representation, demonstrating particular skill in patent and trademark litigation as well as a substantial range of commercial IP matters”. Clients and peers describe the firm as “a very good team, with lots of technical depth and a high level of IP knowledge" and praised our “unique service offering [for] IP mining". Commentators also hail our "proactive approach," and our "deep and sophisticated bench".

Chambers Global also recognizes excellence at the individual lawyer level:

Mark Evans (Band 1, Intellectual Property): Lauded as a "great lawyer and a true gentleman" who advises and represents many of the world’s leading brandsintrademark advisory, prosecution, enforcement and litigation matters.

François Guay (Band 1, Intellectual Property Litigation): Noted by sources as a "luminary," and a "brilliant and fierce advocate." A highly experienced litigator, he is particularly well regarded for his expertise in trademark disputes and infringement cases.

Steven Garland (Band 2, Intellectual Property Litigation): Described as a prominent presence in intellectual property work in Canada. A highly-experienced patent and trademark attorney, he represents significant clients in the energy, chemical and technology sectors.

Gunars Gaikis (Senior Statesman, Intellectual Property Litigation): Noted as a highly experienced intellectual property litigator, recognised for his impressive reputation as an expert patent authority, particularly in life sciences.

The Chambers Global Guide ranks the top lawyers and law firms in over 200 jurisdictions across the world. Their rankings are based on the in-depth research of our dedicated and experienced team of researchers. 

Smart & Biggar is recognised as Canada’s largest and leading firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. As leaders in intellectual property and technology law Smart & Biggar has been serving clients for over a century.