Smart & Biggar
Smart & Biggar is widely recognised as Canada’s leading firm for IP law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, and more than 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents. Alongside being the largest firm focused purely on intellectual property and related specialty areas, it has registered more than 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 they are 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 firms leading lawyers and trademark agents to help them strategically protect, enforce and grow their brands and trademark rights. They 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. They are efficient and highly effective trial lawyers – no other Canadian firm can claim a more distinguished and successful record. Many of their 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.
Related to their trademark practice, Smart & Biggar’s highly specialised lawyers are among the most prominent and experienced in fighting IP crime in Canada. From representing world leaders in luxury goods and apparel to motion picture studios and associations, from video games to television broadcasters, from software to pharmaceuticals, we have a deep history in successfully representing clients in anti-counterfeiting matters.
In addition, they are at the forefront of the marketing and advertising industry. For domestic companies, as well as foreign businesses, Smart & Biggar works closely with clients to maximise marketing opportunities while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and minimising legal risk.
The team 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 in all areas of intellectual property. 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.
Smart & Biggar
55 Metcalfe Street Suite 900
PO Box 2999 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5Y6
- Kohji Suzuki, Partner