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Yoon Kang named in the 'Top 250 Women in IP' by Managing Intellectual Property

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that partner Yoon Kang has been featured among the top female IP lawyers in the world in Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) ‘Top 250 Women in IP’ which recognizes senior female IP practitioners in private practice who have performed exceptionally for their clients and firms in the past year.

Yoon is a leader in the life sciences industry and successful lead counsel in ground-breaking patent litigation. Her reputation as a smart and pragmatic problem-solver has earned her the trust of her clients and recognition throughout her career as an outstanding lawyer.

She has significant experience as lead counsel, representing pharmaceutical clients before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal in complex patent litigation, including under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. In 2017, Yoon and her team successfully appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada on the controversial question of “promised utility.” The Supreme Court of Canada, in an important and highly anticipated decision, AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc (2017 SCC 36), rejected the “promise doctrine” and clarified the requirement for patent “utility” in Canada. The unanimous decision represents an important victory for innovators seeking protection in Canada.

Yoon’s other recent accolades include Top Female Legal Practitioner for Patents by Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, IP Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada in Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Law.

Subscribers to MIP can view the full list here.

The 'Top 250 Women in IP' list recognizes the exceptional female practitioners in the past year. Practitioners featured in the Top 250 Women in IP publication are senior female practitioners recognized in MIP’s general ‘IP Stars’ list for 2020. Selections are based on research information obtained for the 2020 edition of IP STARS and Managing IP Awards.

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and technology law and have been serving clients for over a century.