Canada’s Intellectual Property Law Firm

IP Licensing & Transactions

Commercializing intellectual property

Intellectual property (“IP”) assets and rights are often some of the most important assets in any business transaction that values innovation and intangibles.

It is critical that counsel assisting in the structuring, negotiation and drafting of any such business arrangement, collaboration or venture involving intellectual property have a deep and accurate understanding of these assets and rights. We have a team of top-rated intellectual property transaction lawyers who thoroughly understand the role of intellectual property rights across a wide range of businesses and who can assist in structuring and negotiating transactions and producing agreements that properly address intellectual property assets and rights.  Our IP transaction lawyers also leverage the combined technical and industry experience of our firm’s significant patent, trademark, copyright and litigation to deliver comprehensive and strategic IP transactional service to our clients.

Our lawyers leverage their legal and technical expertise in advising on, structuring and negotiating a wide variety of domestic and international IP-related transactions, agreements and matters.  As part of this role, we help our clients exploit, leverage and license their IP assets, and secure reasonable terms for IP assets that our clients look to in-license, out-license, acquire or divest. We are also regularly called upon by in-house counsel, commercial law firms, investors and companies seeking investment to provide advice on the IP and technology aspects of commercial projects, collaborations and transactions.

We provide IP transaction services wherever needed and across a broad range of industry sectors. Our clients span the spectrum, from large domestic enterprises and organizations, to multinationals, to governments or government bodies, to small to medium sized enterprises, to investors (including VCs and private equity), to start-up companies in emerging growth sectors, as well as universities and other research institutions.

Smart & Biggar has a strong reputation for representing clients in a wide variety of IP-related matters and business transactions and our lawyers are repeatedly recognized in surveys as being among the world’s leading patent and technology licensing lawyers.

Our services in this area include:

  • High tech
  • Computers, software and information technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Electrical and electronics
  • Oil and Gas
  • Alternative energy
  • Metals and mining
  • Transportation and utilities
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Robotics
  • Luxury goods and apparel
  • Retail
  • Industrial and mechanical
  • Cleantech
  • Crop science
  • Life sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Chemical and industrial biotechnology
  • Consumer products / sports industry
  • Media and broadcasting
  • Financial services
  • Entertainment
  • Food, beverage and tobacco

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