Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognised as Canada’s leading firm for IP law. The firm has a national presence with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, and with over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, it is also the largest firm focused purely on intellectual property and related specialty areas. Smart & Biggar has a history and tradition of providing the highest quality of IP advisory services for more than 125 years and has filed more patent and trademark applications than any firm in Canada.

As a leading firm at the forefront of Canadian trademark law, Smart & Biggar has registered well over 100,000 trademarks in Canada and has been successful counsel on many of Canada’s landmark trademark decisions. From publishing Canada’s first text on trademarks and registering Canada’s first sound mark to obtaining precedent-setting damages against counterfeiters and infringers, the firm has always been a leader in trademark protection, licensing and enforcement.

It all adds up to Smart & Biggar providing premier service, advice and counsel for brand owners. Perhaps that is also why Smart & Biggar is the only Canadian firm that has been ranked every year by the World Trademark Review in its highest tier, and is consistently chosen by Chambers Global as a top-ranking firm in Canada.

Clients of Smart & Biggar trust and rely on the firm’s leading lawyers and trademark agents to help them strategically protect, enforce and grow their brands and trademark rights. The firm’s professionals provide a full range of trademark services, from complete portfolio management to brand clearance and sophisticated trademark protection strategies, from efficient trademark prosecution and registration to expertise in oppositions and cancellation proceedings, from vast depth in domain name protection and customs enforcement to award-winning trial and appellate advocacy.

Smart & Biggar is also a dominant force in IP litigation, with efficient and highly effective trial lawyers – no other Canadian firm can claim a more distinguished and successful record. The breadth and depth of the litigation group have been recognised both internationally and within the Canadian legal community, with the group routinely handling Canada’s most commercially important and technically complex IP cases. Many of the firm’s victories on behalf of clients are leading Canadian precedents and have shaped the law in Canada. Smart & Biggar has represented clients in the Supreme Court on more than 50 occasions. Further, several of the firm’s partners have individually been recognised as Canada’s Trademark Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Canada, and the firm has been repeatedly recognised as a Trademarks Contentious Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property.

Smart & Biggar’s trademark services include:

  • trademark and brand counselling;
  • portfolio management;
  • brand selection and clearance;
  • filing, prosecution and maintenance of trademark applications;
  • opposition and cancellation proceedings;
  • trademark litigation, including infringement, counterfeiting, cybersquatting, grey-market goods, false advertising and personality rights actions;
  • trademark licensing and merchandising;
  • trademark audits; and
  • domain name registrations and disputes.

The professionals at Smart & Biggar pride themselves on providing clients with the rare combination of successful trial experience, deep subject-matter expertise and sophisticated and practical skills and analysis. They are proud to have supported their clients on the road to market leadership – from start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations, as well as innovators at universities and other research institutions – advising clients on the most critical and complex IP matters.

Since 1890 Smart & Biggar has remained devoted to protecting its clients’ IP and technology assets and advising clients on how to uncover and maximise available opportunities. Smart & Biggar is committed to providing expert counsel and guidance to safeguard its clients’ competitive position and help build and enforce strategic IP and technology rights that will create more value for clients’ businesses.

Contact details

Smart & Biggar
55 Metcalfe Street Suite 900
PO Box 2999 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5Y6

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Other offices

  • Calgary
  • Montreal
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver