Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar tops the charts in Canadian IP as Tier 1 across copyright, patents and trademarks in the 2021 Managing IP: IP Stars Guides

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has ranked the firm as Tier 1 in all firm-wide categories in the 2021 IP Stars Guide — Copyright & related rights, Patent Contentious, Patent Prosecution, Trademark Contentious and Trademark Prosecution. See this previous announcement with coverage of our IP Stars rankings in patents and trademarks released earlier this year.

As one of only two firms to achieve band 1 rankings across all areas of IP, Smart & Biggar is proud to be recognized by MIP researchers as a firm that is “highly recommended for IP protection and disputes work”. Researchers highlighted support from clients who appreciate the team's business-focused and strategic advice noting “[they] take the time to know our business and are very proactive in their approach”.

Reinforcing our leading position in Canadian IP, Smart & Biggar boasts 17 partners named as 2021 MIP IP Stars, while 12 of our trademark and patent practitioners were given mention as ‘Notable Practitioners’ for their expertise and status as future IP Stars to watch. Smart & Biggar celebrates more practitioners ranked than any other IP boutique and only one other firm has more practitioners ranked overall for IP in Canada.

Earlier this year, MIP honoured Toronto partner Yoon Kang with a recognition in the Top 250 Women in IP for the second consecutive year. Smart & Biggar also proudly received honours in four award categories at the  MIP North America Awards, including “IP Boutique Firm of the Year” and “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year” for Canada. Additionally, Smart & Biggar was awarded “Canadian Impact Case of the Year” for our successful representation in Nova Chemicals Corporation v Dow Chemicals CompanySteven Garland, who was successful lead counsel for Dow Chemicals, was named Canada’s “Patent Practitioner of the Year”.

Smart & Biggar’s full MIP firm rankings are now live.

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.