Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar leads the market for IP and Cannabis in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 Canada

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share the firm’s recognition as a ‘Tier 1’ firm for Intellectual Property in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 Canada. Smart & Biggar has received this highest ranking in The Legal 500 for the past eight consecutive years and is recognized as “a market-leading IP boutique… [supporting] clients on the full suite of IP and technology services” across Canada.

Congratulations to all of our partners recognized by the Legal 500 as leading lawyers in the guide for IP: Mark Evans, Steven Garland, François Guay, and Nancy Pei, in addition to Mark Biernacki identified in the guide as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and Graham Hood who is named a ‘Key Lawyer’ in IP.

Once again Smart & Biggar was also recommended for Cannabis law, and partner Alice Tseng, who serves as the Industry lead for the team nationally, was recognized as a leading lawyer for her expertise in this sector of the life sciences industry. Yoon Kang, Toronto based partner, was also named as a ‘Key Lawyer’ in the high growth Cannabis industry practice.

In this latest edition, guide researchers hailed Smart & Biggar as a firm “with particularly formidable expertise in patent and trademark application filings, as well as [strength in] IP litigation. Editor’s made special mention of leading patent litigator, Sheldon Hamilton, who is noted for his work with innovative pharmaceuticals clients, and who chairs the firm’s contentious offering nationally. François Guay, who chairs the firm’s IP strategy group from its Montréal office, is cited for his “broad, high-level experience across patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and trade secrets.”

The firm’s recent highlights include several high-profile cases at the Federal Court of Appeal, most notably, the successful defence of Pampered Chef in the precedent-setting trademark infringement case of Loblaws Inc v Columbia Insurance Company, co-led by Mark Evans, Mark Biernacki and Steven Garland.

The Legal 500 rankings highlight practice area teams who provide the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The guide’s research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of experienced legal market researchers. The full intellectual property rankings for The Legal 500 Canada are available to view now.


About Smart & Biggar

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