Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Chambers Global recognizes Smart & Biggar for “bench strength and quality representation” with Band 1 rankings in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property: Litigation

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that the firm continues to lead the market earning rankings as a Band 1 Intellectual Property law firm in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In addition to maintaining a position among a very small group of firms accorded an esteemed Band 1 ranking in Intellectual Property, we have also earned a Band 1 ranking for our excellence in Intellectual Property: Litigation.

Clients and peers provided commentary on Smart & Biggar, describing the firm as “highly distinguished” and “Reputed for its bench strength and quality representation.” In addition, the team received acclaim for being “excellent with the technical aspects of the law and the science behind it". Another source stated, "If I was a general counsel, they would certainly be on my shortlist."

Chambers Global recognizes excellence at both the firm and individual lawyer level, and includes Smart & Biggar partners in its lawyer rankings:

Mark Evans (Intellectual Property): Recognized as being “renowned for his long-standing expertise in trademarks and patent mandates. He acts for high-profile clients across the full spectrum of IP matters, from application and licensing to enforcement and litigation.”

Gunars Gaikis (Intellectual Property Litigation): Regarded as an "experienced IP litigator” and “highly respected among market commentators for his handling of contentious patent and trademark matters. He often acts for life sciences and pharmaceutical sector clients.”

Steven Garland (Intellectual Property Litigation): Received praise from sources as “a really good litigator”. He is recognized for his work on trademark and patent infringement disputes. He represents well-known clients before provincial and federal courts, including the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Francois Guay (Intellectual Property Litigation): Is described by market commentators as a "superb litigator with a great reputation in Québec." His impressive practice includes high-profile patent, trademark and copyright infringement disputes for clients in the sports, manufacturing and media industries, among others.

The firm has also been recently honoured as Canada’s leader in IP law, receiving awards in IP from Legal 500WTRIAM and LMG Life Sciences. Click here to view all of Smart & Biggar’s recent awards and accolades.

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.