Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar leads the Chambers Canada 2017 rankings for Intellectual Property

Smart & Biggar announced today that the firm has once again received Chambers’ top ranking with Band 1 recognition for Intellectual Property in the second edition of Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017. Chambers also recognized four of the firm’s partners as leaders in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation.

In addition, the firm was short-listed for Intellectual Property Team of the Year, which was granted by Chambers for the first time in Canada at the Chambers Canada Awards Ceremony.

In the guide, Chambers said about the firm: “Highly distinguished IP and technology-focused firm… Features a deep branch of practitioners with experience in patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation” and noted “They stand out for their client service and no-nonsense approach.”  

During the research process, the firm’s clients and peers provided the following feedback:

Steve Garland is an “excellent litigator” who has a wide ranging IP practice… [and] expertise in patent infringement cases involving the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceuticals industries.

François Guay, a “seasoned lawyer” who focuses his practice on litigating IP matters for a range of prominent clients, both in Quebec and in the federal courts.

Mark Evans, maintains a “strong reputation” in trade mark litigation and enforcement; and has notable experience of issues relating to counterfeiting.

Gunars Gaikis, is a “hugely experienced and excellent practitioner” who is renowned for his considerable knowledge in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors.

To view Smart & Biggar’s complete Chambers Canada 2017 results for Intellectual Property & Litigation, please click here.



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