Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is recognised as Canada’s largest and leading firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

For over 100 years, Smart & Biggar has been at the forefront of Canadian trademark law. From publishing Canada’s first text on trademarks and registering Canada’s first sound mark to obtaining precedent-setting damages against counterfeiters and infringers, we have always been a leader in trademark protection, licensing and enforcement.

The tradition continues today as we leverage our experience to provide clients with sophisticated and practical advice in all areas of trademark law – from strategic counsel and planning to enforcement and protection. We are sought after by the owners of the world’s most valuable brands and are proud to have been entrusted with filing more trademark and patent applications than any other firm in Canada.

Our litigation team is a dominant force in IP litigation and we are recognised as Canada’s leading IP litigation firm. We are efficient and highly effective trial lawyers – no other Canadian firm can claim a more distinguished and successful record. The breadth and depth of our litigation group have been recognised both internationally and within the Canadian legal community, and we routinely handle Canada’s most commercially important and technically complex IP cases. Many of our victories on behalf of our clients are leading Canadian precedents which have shaped the law in Canada. We have represented clients in the Supreme Court on more than 50 occasions. Further, several of our partners have individually been recognised as Canada’s Trademark Litigation Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Canada.

Our 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.

Our dedication to providing the best IP service, advice and solutions is why the world’s most innovative and sophisticated businesses look to us to protect, exploit and defend their IP rights. Above all, we are committed to understanding the issues facing our clients and efficiently providing IP services and advice of the highest quality. We are trademark experts and our lawyers and trademark agents are consistently recognised around the world as leaders in the field. Notable recognitions include:

  • Milestone Case of the Year for North America (2017) – Managing Intellectual Property;
  • Canadian Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year (2017) – Managing Intellectual Property;
  • Gold Tier status in Canadian Trademarks (2018) – World Trademark Review 1000; and
  • Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the Year (2018) – Benchmark Canada.

Our strength is your advantage.

New ideas are conceived daily and every day our clients are challenged to find creative ways to capitalise on them. To be valuable, IP rights must be intelligently protected and exploited.

At Smart & Biggar, we are devoted to providing unparalleled IP counsel by safeguarding your competitive position and maximising the value of your IP assets.

Whether your innovations are the product of a moment’s inspiration or the result of years of investment in research and development, let us demonstrate the many ways we can help you leverage the full potential of your efforts.

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

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