Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Firm

Smart & Biggar named a Top IP Boutique Firm in Canada for 2022-2023

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that Canadian Lawyer has named the firm in their list of Top Intellectual Property Boutiques in Canada for 2022-2023.

In a special feature, Canadian Lawyer noted that Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest IP boutique, and one of the oldest, with a history spanning over 130 years. Editors of the guide highlight that the firm “handles more patent and trademark applications combined that are filed with the Canadian intellectual office each year than any other boutique firm.” Smart & Biggar is also a leader in the Canadian marketplace for IP enforcement, “with a third of the firm’s practice focused on complex IP-related litigation” and while pharmaceutical IP litigation makes up a significant part “the firm uniquely handle the full spectrum of IP litigation involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights”.

Firm managing partner Matthew Zischka commented “A lot of clients come to us with very large IP portfolios, and one of the reasons they come to us is because they have confidence that we’re big enough and sophisticated enough to handle these large portfolios,” and added “we’re proud of the fact that they feel comfortable that we can do the job right, and without issues”.

Canadian Lawyer wrote that Smart & Biggar’s clients are among the world’s most important innovators and brand owners, who choose the firm for its comprehensive IP expertise, high quality of advisory services, and unmatched bench strength and track record of success in litigation.” They added that the firm has "deep knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies industries, enabling it to provide clients with specialized advice and IP solutions to protect their innovations and strategically maximize the value of their IP for business growth.”

The Top IP Boutiques series was first launched by Canadian Lawyer in 2016. To determine the top IP boutiques, lawyers, in-house counsel and clients from across Canada voted on the top intellectual property boutiques in the country. To be included, firms were required to derive the majority of their work from intellectual property law. Canadian Lawyer received over 300 votes, where respondents ranked firms based on “regional service coverage, client base, notable mandates, service excellence and legal expertise.”

Smart & Biggar’s inclusion in the 2022-2023 list of Top IP Boutique Reports uphold our position as a leading Canadian IP firm and recognize the outstanding service provided by our entire team. The firm is proud of Canadian Lawyer’s recognition, reflecting the views of clients and peers within the industry and highlighting Smart & Biggar as one of the most notable Canadian IP boutiques.

The full feature article and rankings are available to view online.

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.