Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar once again tops Chambers Global Intellectual Property rankings

Smart & Biggar today announced it has been recognized as a Band 1 Intellectual Property law firm in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Smart & Biggar is among a very small group of firms accorded this prestigious Band 1 ranking, maintaining its leading market position in Canada.

Clients and peers describe Canadian IP firm Smart & Biggar as “highly distinguished” with “a deep bench of practitioners”, providing a “high level of service when guiding [clients] through complex multiparty litigation.” In addition, the team receives acclaim for its ability to "suggest innovative approaches" while "taking into consideration global factors."

Chambers Global recognizes excellence at both the firm and individual lawyer level, and includes Smart & Biggar partners in its lawyer rankings:

  • Mark Evans (Intellectual Property) Recognized as acting for “some of the most recognisable household names in Canada” and “is highly experienced in trademark protection and management, and has assisted high-profile clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious issues.”
  • Gunars Gaikis (Intellectual Property Litigation)Regarded as "a great pharmaceuticals litigator" who has "handled some impressive matters," and “recent highlights from his practice include assisting with a high-profile appeal with significant implications for patent protection in Canada.”
  • Steven Garland (Intellectual Property Litigation): Recognized for his “long-standing experience“ and his “range of expertise covers patent, trademark and copyright disputes in addition to trade secret and competition cases.” Other practitioners enthuse: "He's really hitting his stride. I think highly of him."
  • Francois Guay (Intellectual Property Litigation): Described as having a “vast array of experience in litigation involving the full spectrum of patents, trademarks and copyright,” and is a "compelling advocate" who is "very adept at litigation" and "achieves strong results in the courtroom."

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. As leaders in intellectual property and technology law Smart & Biggar has been serving clients for over a century.