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Graham Hood

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Graham Hood

  • Smart & Biggar LLP

Skilled trademark lawyer helps brand owners protect, manage and monetize trademark portfolios

A highly experienced trademark lawyer, Graham’s counsel is sought after by brand owners focused on building and protecting their brands and reputations through efficient trademark clearance and prosecution. He regularly advises clients on effective strategies to manage and monetize their trademark portfolios and has successfully enforced clients’ trademark rights in Canada’s Federal and provincial courts.

Graham’s practice spans all aspects of trademark counselling, prosecution and litigation. He counsels brand owners through trademark selection, clearance and prosecution, as well as opposition proceedings, section 45 non-use, cancellation proceedings and invalidity expungement proceedings. His previous experience at the Canadian Trademarks Office benefits clients looking to defend their trademark applications and registrations before the Trademarks Opposition Board.

Graham counsels many famous brand owners, from leading professional sports teams to popular social media platforms to renowned consumer electronic companies to famous fashion houses, in the enforcement and protection of their IP rights in Canada.

Seasoned litigator and expert counsel for IP crime and anti-counterfeiting matters

Graham's litigation practice covers both the Federal and the provincial courts and extends to actions and summary applications for passing off, trademark and trade dress infringement, depreciation of goodwill and the importation, distribution, marketing and sale of counterfeit goods.

As one of the firm’s leading experts in anti-counterfeiting, Graham is also experienced in protecting brand owner’s marks both online, across online marketplaces and social media platforms, and at Canada’s borders, working closely with the Canada Border Services Agency to enforce clients’ trademarks and copyrights and prevent the importation of counterfeit goods and pirated works.

He sits on the Steering Committee of the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network, and Chairs the Canadian Subcommittee of the International Trademark Association’s Anticounterfeiting Committee.

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  • "Managing IP and Compliance Risks in a Digital World: Emerging legal issues related to use of artificial intelligence and data in digital business operations", (co-speakers: Patrick Roszell, Alice Tseng and Neil Padgett), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Ontario webinar, September 28, 2022
  • "Trademarks between Friends: Key differences in Canadian and U.S. Trademarks practice" (with Christian Bolduc), Smart & Biggar Webinar, May 19, 2022 
  • "Canadian and U.S. Trademark Prosecution: Northern (high)lights and key differences that brand owners and counsel should know" (with Kwan T. Loh), Smart & Biggar Webinar, July 8, 2021
  • Panelist, "Meeting Distinctiveness Requirements for International Trademarks", Strafford Webinar, May 25, 2021
  • Panelist, "Recreational Cannabis: Key intellectual property and advertising issues”, webinar, Ontario Bar Association, May 19, 2021
  • Speaker, "The Perils of U.S. Centricity in Trademark Practice: What U.S. Companies and Their Attorneys Assume about Foreign TM Laws at Their Own Risk”, virtual conference, American Bar Association – Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) Section conferenceApril 12, 2021
  • Speaker, "IP Law: New industry and regulatory developments”, webinar, Canadian Lawyer, March 10, 2021
  • Panelist, "Top 10 things to make your day more productive in an age of constant disruption and remote work", Canadian Lawyer Young Lawyers Summit, Virtual conference, November 24, 2020
  • "Managing your organization's IP risk and opportunity" (with Patrick Roszell), Association for Corporate Counsel-Ontario and Smart and Biggar webinar, November 19, 2020
  • Panelist, “Global Anticounterfeiting Enforcement: Hot Topics in a New Era,” Aftermarket IP Forum, Virtual conference, November 19, 2020
  • Panelist, “The Strain I Own: Plant Breeders Rights and Patents” (co-panelist: Lei Liu), GrowUp Conference and Expo, Niagra Falls, Ontario, September 13, 2019
  • Presenter, “Trademark Considerations for ‘Ganjapreneurs’”, Technology and Intellectual Property (TIP) Annual Conference, University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Ontario, March 4, 2019
  • Panelist, “Resources: Industry, Agencies & Organizations”, 23rd Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 5, 2018
  • Keynote speaker, “Deconstructing NAFTA 2.0”, Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) Annual General Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, October 3, 2018
  • Presenter, “How to Protect Your Designs: Legal Protection in the Fields of Fashion, Graphic & Interior Design”, Ryerson Communication and Design Conference, Toronto, Ontario, March 3, 2017


  • Member, International Trademark Association; member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2016-2021); member of the Unreal Campaign Committee (2022-2023)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association