Gunars A. Gaikis is a partner at Smart & Biggar's Toronto office. He has over 30 years of experience in IP law and is experienced in the procurement, litigation and enforcement of pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent rights and strategic advising. Gunars has appeared as lead counsel in many precedent setting IP cases before the Ontario, Federal and Supreme courts, including the June 30, 2017 Supreme Court of Canada decision in AstraZeneca v. Apotex, which struck down the “promise of the patent” utility doctrine. Gunars was named Best Lawyers' 2017 Toronto Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year and recognized as amongst the top 30 patent attorneys in the world by Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2016. He is listed in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canadian Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada, LMG Life Sciences, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners, Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences, Who's Who Legal: Patents, MIP's IP Stars Handbook: Patents, IAM Patent 1000. Licensed pharmacist; completed residency program in clinical pharmacy. Registered Patent and Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1983.
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