Philip Lapin

Partner at Smart & Biggar

Philip Lapin is recognised as one of Canada’s leading trademark lawyers and is chair of Smart & Biggar’s trademark practice group. With more than 20 years of experience, he is responsible for managing and providing strategic advice concerning the trademark portfolios for many Canadian and multinational corporations.

Mr Lapin has handled the clearance, prosecution and registration of thousands of trademarks and has particular expertise in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademarks Office. In addition, he files and prosecutes Canadian industrial design applications and advises clients on all related aspects of law and practice.

Mr Lapin is the author of the Canada section of the International Trademark Association Country Guides. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa’s engineering school for many years, teaching trademark law to non-lawyers. He is also a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of trademark-related topics.

Mr Lapin was awarded the Marie F Morency prize for obtaining the highest mark in Canada on the patent drafting examination.

He has been recognised as one of Canada’s leading IP lawyers by a range of Canadian and international publications, including:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada;
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory;
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Trademark & Copyright;
  • Who’s Who Legal;
  • World IP Review Leader; and  
  • the WTR 1000.

Professional associations

  • CBA
  • INTA
  • IPIC

Firm details

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

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