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Six Smart & Biggar patent agents and lawyers recognized as IAM Global Leaders 2023

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that six of our patent agents and lawyers, more than any other firm in Canada, have been recognized as IAM Global Leaders 2023, for the third consecutive year. 

Congratulations to our IAM Global Leaders: Gunars Gaikis, Steven Garland, François Guay, Daphne Lainson, John Knox, and Matthew Zischka for their recognition among the world’s most elite private practice patent experts.

To be included in the IAM Global Leaders Guide, individuals must rank in the gold tier of the IAM Patent 1000, the market-leading annual directory that identifies the top law firms and individuals in the world’s most significant patent jurisdictions.

Earlier this year, Smart & Biggar saw 23 patent lawyers and agents named in the main 2022 IAM Patent 1000 guide, leading the Canadian patent rankings with recognition across patent litigation, prosecution and transactions. The guide described Smart & Biggar as a firm with “an abundance of expertise in all things patents and in intellectual property more generally… [and that] offers the full range of services, whether that be devising smart protection strategies to fierce representation in disputes, and robust support on fruitful licensing deals.”

From this exclusive group, candidates for the IAM Global Leaders are selected. The criteria for selection extend beyond an individual’s expertise and experience and consider their “ability to innovate, inspire and go above and beyond to deliver value for their clients.” IAM Global Leaders is a ground-breaking publication which identifies and brings together the world’s foremost law firm experts in patent practice.

Principal Daphne Lainson was also listed as the leading expert for IP strategy in the IAM Strategy 300 guide released earlier this fall.

The full list of IAM Global Leaders 2023 is available to view now. Congratulations to our esteemed patent experts.

About Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading intellectual property firm, with offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and have been serving clients for over a century. Smart & Biggar operates as part of the IPH Limited group, under its own brand and independent from other IPH member firms.