Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar promotes six new Principals across our leading Canadian IP practice

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce the promotion of six new Principals to the firm, in recognition of their extensive expertise and outstanding service to clients, leading the way in intellectual property services in Canada.

Representing all practice areas of the firm and our offices across Canada, we are delighted to congratulate Andrea Berenbaum (Patents & Life Sciences, Vancouver), Ryan Evans (Litigation, Toronto), Lionel Fishman (Patents & Industrial Designs, Ottawa), Jamie-Lynn Kraft (Trademarks, Ottawa), Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie (Litigation, Montréal) and Kwan Loh (Trademarks, Vancouver).

Matthew Zischka, Managing Principal, offered his best wishes to the new Principals.

“We are very excited to welcome Andrea, Ryan, Lionel, Jamie-Lynn, Guillaume and Kwan into their new roles as Principals, in recognition of their extensive expertise and their outstanding service and commitment to our clients throughout their careers”.

“On behalf of the firm, I extend our congratulations to each of them on realizing this significant professional milestone.” said Zischka.

Congratulations to our new Principals:

Andrea Berenbaum is an experienced lawyer and patent agent with a practice focused on chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology patents, and includes the drafting and prosecution of such patents. With a combined background in chemistry and visual biomedical communication design, Andrea possesses a thorough understanding of the science underlying her clients’ technological innovations and considers the evolving regulatory and patent landscape to ensure clients achieve their business objectives. Andrea applies the knowledge and experience she gained while working in the laboratories of leading academic researchers to assist clients with their innovations.

Ryan Evans is a skilled trademark lawyer and IP litigator. He is a registered trademark agent and expert in complex infringement disputes. Whether providing strategic risk-management advice, conducting investigations, or appearing in Court, Ryan is known for deeply understanding his clients’ needs and objectives and being responsive to them. He takes a practical approach, working to streamline proceedings and minimize work on the part of the client, where possible, while ensuring that the best possible case is put forward and that clients understand the impacts of each decision along the way.

Lionel Fishman is a seasoned lawyer and patent agent with a diverse range technical expertise. Informed by his varied engineering experience and legal training, Lionel offers practical and strategic counsel on all issues related to developing, securing, utilizing and enforcing intellectual property rights, with a particular focus on patent and design rights. Drawing on his technical expertise, he advises Canadian companies of all sizes and from a wide range of sectors, assisting them in extracting the maximum value from their inventions and novel designs.

Jamie-Lynn Kraft is a highly experienced lawyer and trademark agent whose counsel extends beyond protecting brand owners’ valuable IP assets. With a passion for helping businesses grow, Jamie-Lynn advises her clients on strategies to harness the full potential of their brands. Jamie-Lynn regularly performs trademark clearance searches and provides availability opinions, prepares and files trademark applications, and prosecutes trademark applications before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. She successfully represents clients in proceedings before the Canadian Trademark Opposition Board.

Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie is a trusted litigator and trademark agent with extensive experience in copyright, patent, and trademark related matters. He is sought after by clients to put in place practical and results-driven litigation strategies in complex IP matters. By devoting the time and energy necessary to fundamentally understand their business, Guillaume can develop efficient and creative approaches to leverage litigation in his clients’ favour. Guillaume represents local, national and international clients in a diverse array of industries, including motion picture and other media, broadcasting, retail goods, personal care products, sports equipment, food and beverage, and industrial products.

Kwan Loh is a seasoned lawyer and trademark agent who provides innovative IP counsel. With an eye for detail, Kwan is a savvy trademark strategist and experienced legal advocate. Throughout his career, Kwan has worked to protect and enforce some of the world’s most valuable brands. Known for his attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and collaborative approach, Kwan provides practical trademark advice based not only upon the law, but also on broader strategic business considerations that are unique to every client’s case. In his trademark prosecution practice, Kwan regularly handles a wide range of matters across the trademark life cycle.


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.