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Smart & Biggar lawyers named among the best and the brightest by MIP IP Stars - Rising Stars 2023

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that Principals Jamie-Lynn Kraft of Ottawa, Vancouver based Kwan T. Loh and Senior Associate, Laura Easton of Calgary have been honoured once again as “Rising Stars” in the 2023 edition of Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars - Rising Stars.

We congratulate Jamie-Lynn, Kwan and Laura on their inclusion as Rising Stars, which recognizes the best up-and-coming IP practitioners from around the world. This achievement reflects their individual contributions to the success of our clients and the firm acknowledges their expertise and quality of service they provide in Canada and worldwide in IP.

Jamie-Lynn Kraft, Principal, Ottawa

Jamie-Lynn provides counsel to clients throughout the trademark lifecycle, including clearance and availability opinions, prosecution, opposition and enforcement and has successfully represented clients in contentious proceedings before the Canadian Trademark Opposition Board. Jamie-Lynn also provides advice on marketing and advertising law, including guidance relating to product packaging and labelling, advertising campaigns, contests, privacy issues, and publicity rights.

With a passion for helping businesses grow, Jamie-Lynn advises her clients on strategies to harness the full potential of their brands. She works with clients ranging from small- and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations, covering a broad range of industry areas including fashion, cosmetics, food and beverage, information technology and manufacturing.

Kwan T. Loh, Principal, Vancouver

Throughout his career, Kwan has worked to protect and enforce some of the world’s most valuable brands. Kwan provides practical trademark advice based not only upon the law, but also on broader strategic business considerations unique to every client’s case.

Kwan focuses on trademark clearance, filing and prosecuting trademark applications with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and trademark portfolio strategy and management in Canada and worldwide. He also advises on IP-related contracts including licenses, assignments and other commercial agreements. His clients include high-tech companies, internet companies, industrial manufacturers, online retailers, food and beverage companies, financial institutions, and hospitality companies, and from varying backgrounds, ranging from local start-up companies to multinational conglomerates.

Laura Easton, Senior Associate, Calgary

As a skilled intellectual property litigator, Laura has a talent for finding practical solutions to complex problems. Laura’s practice focuses primarily on patent, trademark and copyright litigation, together with litigation surrounding misappropriation of confidential information or trade secrets. She also advises clients with respect to the protection of their intellectual property in the employment context.

With a background in broad civil and commercial litigation, oil and gas, and employment law, her diverse litigation experience helps her assess her clients’ IP concerns within the context of the industry, the market and the larger business picture. Laura has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, all levels of the Alberta courts, the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Managing IP launched its official Rising Stars publication in 2018. This special publication, which is produced by the IP STARS research team, recognizes some of the best up-and-coming intellectual property practitioners in private practice who have contributed to the success of their firms and clients. The Rising Stars list is based on information obtained during the research for the IP STARS rankings and Managing IP Awards programme which is carried out over a six-month period by an experienced team of research analysts and journalists and covers more than 50 jurisdictions.

The full list of MIP IP Rising Stars is available to view online.

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.