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Mark Evans named Canada’s “Outstanding Practitioner of the Year: Trademarks” by Managing Intellectual Property

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce Mark Evans, Toronto managing partner, was named Canada’s “Outstanding Practitioner of the Year: Trademarks” by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) as part of the 2020 Americas Awards revealed on March 26th.

With more than 30 years of experience Mark is a seasoned trademark lawyer with significant experience in all aspects of trademark law and the branding life cycle.

Also a highly respected litigator, Mark has an impressive record of success in numerous high-profile, precedent-setting trademark cases.

Mark represents and assists many of the world's most famous brand owners and personalities, who seek him out for his sophisticated expertise in trademark protection, management, and counselling services to help them strategically build and protect the value of their brands.

“I am truly honoured to receive this esteemed recognition from MIP and to have been nominated by our  wonderful clients, who continuously motivate and inspire me” said Mark. “I am also deeply grateful to everyone at Smart & Biggar, and I am immensely proud that the firm was recognized as both Canada’s Leading IP Boutique and Canada’s Leading Contentious Trademark Firm."

Widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading trademark lawyers, Mark has been honoured throughout his career by a wide range of leading Canadian and international publications, including Chambers & Partners, WTR, Benchmark, Legal 500, Euromoney/LMG, Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers and MIP IP Stars. He was also named Canada's "Trademark Litigator of the Year" in 2014 and 2015 by Benchmark Canada.

Most recently, Mark was recognized by senior in-house counsel as a stand-out lawyer in Acritas Stars and featured as a Global Elite Thought Leader by Who's Who Legal: Trademarks.

Smart & Biggar was short-listed for seven awards in the MIP Americas Awards for 2020 program and took home four awards including “IP Boutique Firm of the Year” and “Canadian Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year”. The firm was also awarded “Canadian Impact Case of the Year” for our work on Bell Media v John Doe 1 dba

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and technology law and have been serving clients for over a century.