Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

WTR 1000 2024 ranks Smart & Biggar in the gold tier, recognizes 12 trademark lawyers

Smart & Biggar continues to excel as a gold tier firm for trademark in Canada with 12 lawyers honoured in the 2024 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

WTR researchers describe the firm as a “Canadian IP powerhouse” and one that is “trusted by companies from all manner of industries across the world to grow, protect and enforce their intellectual property.”

Smart & Biggar was also ranked as silver for Anti-Counterfeiting. 

The WTR guide profiles excellence in Trademarks across a variety of categories including Enforcement and LitigationProsecution and StrategyAnti-Counterfeiting and Transactions.

Congratulations to our honoured lawyers:

Daniel Anthony (Silver - Prosecution and Strategy, Enforcement and Litigation) previous editions note that Daniel “excels in prosecution, but also has a solid book of [enforcement] mandates and a strong reputation for when things get heated.”

Mark Biernacki (Gold - Enforcement and Litigation and Silver - Anti-counterfeiting, Prosecution and Strategy) was hailed for being “personable, prompt and organized.”

Christian Bolduc (Highly Recommended - Transactions, Gold - Prosecution and Strategy) was praised in last year’s edition for his ability to “effectively deploy his guidance by utilizing both his extensive knowledge of trademark law and his broad experience.”

Jean-Sébastien Dupont (Silver - Enforcement and Litigation) is credited in a previous version of the guide as “a confidant to those in the tech space” and a “lawyer whose strength lies in his combination of exacting technical standards and real-world pragmatism.”

Mark Evans (Gold - Enforcement and Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy and Silver - Anti-counterfeiting) is once again included in the guide for his impressive reputation and noteworthy successes. He was called “one of the leading lights of the profession” in the 2022 edition of the guide.

Steven Garland (Gold - Enforcement and Litigation) a seasoned litigator in both the patent and trademark realm has been celebrated in the guide for his leading practice.

François Guay (Gold - Enforcement and Litigation) is an experienced litigator, featured once again for his expertise and given special mention for his work on a wide range of trademark matters, including the first-ever virtual oppositions hearing before the Trademarks Opposition Board. He was previously complimented in the guide as “exceptional at what he does and delivers outstanding work in both enforcement and prosecution (2022).”

Graham Hood (Gold - Anti-counterfeiting, Silver - Enforcement and Litigation, Bronze - Prosecution and Strategy) Graham has been praised by peers in previous editions for being “fantastic and greatly skilled in all that he does (2022).”

Jamie-Lynn Kraft (Silver - Prosecution and Strategy) is complimented for being “widely trusted by her patrons for advice across the whole lifecycle of their trademarks, and to exploit and maximize their brands.”

Philip Lapin (Gold - Prosecution and Strategy) is a “highly regarded authority in trademark law and practice” and “offers practical advice in the realm of trademark law.”

Kwan T. Loh (Silver - Prosecution and Strategy) is recognized for his “ability to consider every case as unique and develop strategy accordingly in order to best suit clients’ business and legal needs.”

Kohji Suzuki (Gold - Prosecution and Strategy) is praised for being trusted by well-known brand names in Canada, the United States and Japan and clients [who] take note of his “brilliant knowledge and quality of work.”

The full listing of WTR 1000 2024 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.