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Smart & Biggar boasts 14 Trademark lawyers recognized as “heavy hitters” in the 2022 edition WTR 1000

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that 14 lawyers from our Trademark practice have been honoured in the 2022 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

Once again Smart & Biggar has been ranked as a gold tier firm for Trademarks, and as a silver tier firm for Anti-Counterfeiting. WTR researchers describe the firm as one of “Canada’s most prestigious and well-known boutiques” and “a prominent player with a well-deserved, long track record on the market and has the depth in its ranks to handle complicated cases.”

Our leading Trademark lawyers were acclaimed for their sterling work and referred to in the guide as a “vast team of heavy-hitters [who] provide insightful brand management advice, ironclad representation in disputes and assistance with lucrative licensing deals.” Two newcomers to the guide this year are Toronto partner, Graham Hood and Ottawa senior associate, Jamie-Lynn Kraft.

The WTR guide profiles excellence in Trademarks across a variety of categories including Enforcement and Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy, Anti-counterfeiting and Transactions. Congratulations to our honoured lawyers:

Daniel Anthony (Prosecution and Strategy, Enforcement and Litigation) is a “trademarks, copyright, and domain names specialist [who] dispenses thoughtful counsel and handles a number of matters on behalf of start-ups and large corporations.”

Mark Biernacki (Anti-counterfeiting, Enforcement and Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy) is labelled an ‘enforcement ace’ and is recognized as a “highly sharp, capable practitioner with immense subject matter expertise.”

Christian Bolduc (Transactions, Prosecution and Strategy) “has an excellent reputation for his strong practice in trademark prosecution, enforcement and IP transactions.”

Jean-Sébastien Dupont (Enforcement and Litigation) is credited in the guide for using his “background in computer science to help modernise and streamline court proceedings, advocating for methods driven by technology and innovation.”

Mark Evans (Anti-counterfeiting, Enforcement and Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy) is cited in the guide as“one of the leading lights of the profession.” His practice combines a “significant amount of prosecution and litigation work, and he has a reputation for handling it all with great practicality and with a view to taking care of his clients’ every need.”

Steven Garland (Enforcement and Litigation) is hailed as a “seasoned litigator in both the patent and trademark realm [with] an eminent reputation and stands ready to deal with whatever instructions come his way.”

Sanjay Goorachurn (Transactions) has a practice that covers “everything from portfolio management to transactions” and stands out as “a go-to for high-quality, strategic due-diligence in multi-jurisdictional investigations.”

François Guay (Enforcement and Litigation) is complimented in the guide as “exceptional at what he does and delivers outstanding work in both enforcement and prosecution”. With more than three decades of experience “he can predict the outcome of disputes with incredible accuracy.”

Kohji Suzuki (Prosecution and Strategy) is known for being “extensively consulted by domestic, US and Japanese businesses” and is acknowledged for “interweaving his brand management expertise with a wealth of contentious experience gained through his early professional focus on trademark litigation.”

Graham Hood (Anti-counterfeiting, Enforcement and Litigation) is a new addition to the WTR 1000 guide and is praised by peers as “fantastic and greatly skilled in all that he does…plus he is really friendly too, even in dispute proceedings.”

Jamie-Lynn Kraft (Prosecution and Strategy) is another newcomer to this year’s WTR rankings, recognized for “striking a balance between carefully considered but commercially savvy advice.”

Philip Lapin (Prosecution and Strategy) “gives the most constructive, beneficial and straight-forward advice” and is highly regarded by peers as a “true leader in the field and one to make you up your game when you face him as opposing counsel”.

Kwan Loh (Prosecution and Strategy) received warm feedback from his peers: “I have worked with him multiple times and have always found him to be highly experienced and logical. Smart & Biggar has some excellent names, but he truly stands out.”

Ekaterina Tsimberis (Enforcement and Litigation) is known for “putting in polished performances in infringement disputes” and is recognized as a “creative strategist and resourceful in her independent research, allowing her to provide educated recommendations that are founded in practicality.”

The full listing of WTR 1000 2022 is now available to view online.

WTR 1000 is the first and only guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world's leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 71 key jurisdictions globally.

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.