Steven Garland

Partner at Smart & Biggar

Steven Garland has over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in IP litigation of all types, including issues relating to patent, trademark, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and competition law. He has appeared as counsel in IP cases at both the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appears before the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board, and has been retained as a mediator in IP disputes.

Mr Garland acts on behalf of innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies for patent-related matters, including patent infringement actions and proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

In numerous surveys, Mr Garland is noted as being a “fantastic lawyer” who competes in a “broad array of contests”, he is “top of mind for savvy representation”, “very skilled”, “a courtroom ace”, “an exceptional litigator”, “really stands out from the crowd due to the high-profile cases he’s had”, and “among the best”He was also praised as a “stellar litigator” whose victory for the Dow Chemical Company netted the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case.

Mr Garland is a past president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Canadian Group and a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Law School, where he teaches patent law. He is a regular writer and lecturer on IP matters, both in Canada and internationally. Mr Garland is also a member of the editorial board for the international publication Intellectual Property Magazine.

In 2018 Mr Garland was named Best Lawyers’ Canada IP Law Lawyer of the Year; he had previously been named Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year (2013) by Benchmark Canada.

Professional associations

  • IPIC

Firm details

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

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