Lexpert Ranked Law Firm

Canada's intellectual property law firm

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property, and with over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents in five offices, we are also the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.

Consistently ranked at the top of the field by our clients and peers, we pride ourselves on providing strategic IP counsel, insights and solutions for all of our clients. We have a storied history and tradition of providing the highest quality of IP advisory services and have filed more patent and trademark applications than any firm in Canada.  Our decades of experience in intellectual property, combined with our deep knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies and industries, allows us to provide clients with clarity on opportunities and solutions to leverage and maximize IP.

No other firm can claim a stronger track record of victories in intellectual property litigation for its clients than Smart & Biggar. We pride ourselves on providing clients with the rare combination of successful trial experience, deep subject matter expertise and sophisticated and practical skills and analysis.

Trusted by the world’s leading companies and innovators

At Smart & Biggar, we have the honour of working with many of the most important innovators and brand owners across Canada and around the world. By understanding the importance of continuously investing in and fostering these client relationships, many of our clients have entrusted us with protecting, enforcing and commercializing their IP rights for over a half-century.

We are proud to have supported our 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 them on their most critical and complex IP matters.

Whether we are advising an innovative manufacturer on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we always ensure that our clients receive the full benefit of our unrivaled IP experience and expertise.

Our highly skilled team of lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents have deep experience in a broad range of industries in protecting, enforcing and growing our clients’ IP. We combine sophisticated legal acumen with technical knowledge alongside a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses to provide tailored IP solutions that achieve exceptional results and create value throughout the entire product and innovation cycle.

Our depth of experience is unmatched

The team at Smart & Biggar stays on the cutting edge of litigation trends, national and international regulatory requirements, and often-complex mechanisms and markets. We are Canada’s leading IP law firm, with unmatched technical and legal experience representing clients in transactional and litigation matters in provincial and federal courts. Our ability to assist with in-house investigations and to provide focused counsel on regulatory compliance is second to none.

In addition to being the leading firm in Canada for Patents and Trademarks, our firm offers clients specialized expertise in the following areas:

IP Management & Strategic Counselling: One of the firm’s core strengths is proven expertise advising and counselling clients on the development and management of a valuable IP portfolio and strategy. Our team brings real-world experience working as in-house intellectual property managers, counsel and strategic consultants for internationally recognized companies, who work closely with clients to perform strategic IP and technology audits, identify risks and significant opportunities, and advise clients on the best course of action to leverage their rights.

IP Litigation: We offer clients a team of highly effective and efficient litigators and no other Canadian firm can claim a more distinguished and successful record. Our firm routinely handles Canada’s most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Many of our victories on behalf of our clients are Canadian precedents, and we have represented clients in the Supreme Court of Canada on more than 50 occasions.

Licensing & IP Transactions: Our IP licensing and transactional lawyers advise, structure and negotiate a wide variety of domestic and international M&A, IPOs, financing and technology licensing deals and other intellectual property-related transactions. With extensive experience in developing and managing successful revenue-generating licensing programs as we combine business know-how with sophisticated legal and technical expertise.

Life Sciences: Our Life Sciences practice is one of the leading and most experienced teams in Canada for lifecycle management. We are experts in patent prosecution, as well as related due diligence, IP transactions and licensing, litigation and regulatory issues. The firm works with a variety of clients in Canada and internationally to develop intellectual property strategies from procurement to enforcement to licensing of innovations. We offer our clients technical expertise – with all of our professionals having a scientific education and experience in areas such as biology, physiology, molecular cell and micro biology, immunology, biochemistry, developmental genetics, pharmacy, and across the chemical field, and with biotechnology in industrial applications.

Pharmaceutical Litigation: Our group is at the forefront of many of the most important judicial decisions relating to pharmaceutical innovation, and works closely with our Life Sciences patent team throughout a product lifecycle in order to maximize protection. We have been involved in representing patentees against subsequent entrants in more than 200 proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, as well as representing innovators in patent infringement and impeachment actions.

Regulatory & Compliance: Part of our Life Sciences practice, we have extensive experience understanding and managing issues that arise at the patent-regulatory interface. The group advises and counsels on issues arising under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, such as patent listing; data protection under the Food and Drugs Act and related regulations; and pricing and jurisdictional issues before the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.


55 Metcalfe St, Suite 900, PO Box 2999, Stn D
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1P 5Y6
Phone: (613) 232-2486
Fax: (613) 232-8440


150 York St, Suite 1100
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5H 3S5
Phone: (416) 593-5514
Fax: (416) 591-1690


1000 De La Gauchetière St W, Suite 3300
Montréal, QC, Canada, H3B 4W5
Phone: (514) 954-1500
Fax: (514) 954-1396


1055 West Georgia St, Suite 2300, PO Box 11115
Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 3P3
Phone: (604) 682-7780
Fax: (604) 682-0274


237 8th Ave SE, Suite 301, Burns Bldg
Calgary, AB, Canada, T2G 5C3
Phone: (587) 887-9997
Fax: (587) 887-9998

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  • Solicitor-client privilege and jurisdiction were prominent in last year’s top cases. While these rulings indicate a balanced approach, the most significant ones were pro-business.
  • Nintendo wasn’t expecting a major payout when it sued a small retailer for copyright infringement. What it expected was far more valuable — to redefine the law around media piracy.
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  • BCCA’s ruling on trademark in keyword advertising brings Canadian law closer to other jurisdictions
  • A look at the invalidation by Mylan Pharmaceuticals of AstraZeneca’s Canadian formulation patent of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, paving the way for a generic version.
  • Lawyers applying to tribunals will find themselves at the mercy of onerous procedural demands. There’s an effort, however, to streamline things.
  • In a few short years, anyone with a couple hundred dollars will be able to register a trademark, whether it’s being used commercially or not. Trademark trafficking, and trolls, won’t be far behind.
  • Optimism reigns in the life-sciences sector as biologics become a major driver of market growth
  • As 3D printing technology becomes increasingly cheaper and more available, how will businesses cope with infringers who now have the capability to print toys, car parts and a wide variety of ...
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  • Upcoming amendments to the Trade-marks Act will mean significant changes, and uncertainty, for businesses operating in Canada
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  • In 2013, Canada and 12 other countries agreed to participate in a new Global Patent Prosecution Highway pilot program that expanded the number of countries that could be used as offices of earlier ...
  • The life sciences sector has seen a huge increase in deal activity that includes regulation, litigation, competition and corporate law, IPOs and M&A work. Optimism reigns in this growing area
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Smart & Biggar is a Lexpert-Ranked Firm in the following practice areas
Computer & IT Law Ottawa, Ontario Repeatedly Recommended
Intellectual Property Calgary, Alberta Repeatedly Recommended
Intellectual Property Vancouver, British Columbia Consistently Recommended
Intellectual Property Ottawa, Ontario Most Frequently Recommended
Intellectual Property Toronto, Ontario Most Frequently Recommended
Intellectual Property Montréal, Québec Consistently Recommended
Litigation - Intellectual Property Ottawa, Ontario Most Frequently Recommended
Litigation - Intellectual Property Toronto, Ontario Most Frequently Recommended
Litigation - Intellectual Property Montréal, Québec Consistently Recommended
Technology Transactions Vancouver, British Columbia Repeatedly Recommended
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