Lexpert Ranked Law Firm

Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. We work with global and domestic businesses and law firms, to help our clients secure, protect and maximize the value of their innovations and intellectual property investments in Canada. We serve many of the world’s leading organizations representing a broad spectrum of industries.

Consistently recognized as the leading Canadian IP firm by a wide range of third party domestic and international rankings, we have history that spans over 100 years providing the world’s leading brands with sophisticated and creative IP solutions.

From five offices across Canada, and through a worldwide network of associate firms, we offer the full complement of intellectual property services, across all practice areas:

Patents & Designs: We draw on the unparalleled technical knowledge and expertise of our professionals in evaluating new innovations, reviewing the scope of protection and developing strong and enforceable patents and designs throughout the world. From procurement to enforcement we work closely with our clients to develop customised patent and design protection strategies that provide a powerful competitive advantage.

Trademarks: With a deep tradition of leadership in trademark protection, licensing and enforcement, we are sought after by the owners of the world’s most valuable brands.  From publishing Canada’s first text on trademarks and registering Canada’s first sound-mark, to obtaining precedent-setting damages against counterfeiters, to being successful counsel in many of Canada's most important trademark decisions.

Copyright & Media: This group provides comprehensive expertise in all aspects of copyright law, whether obtaining protection within traditional artistic fields or identifying and defending cutting-edge issues related to rapidly changing advances in areas such as high tech, software, broadcasting, new media and the internet.

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.

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 includes professionals with 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.

Pharmaceutical Litigation: The firm’s pharmaceutical litigation group has been at the forefront of many of the most important judicial decisions relating to pharmaceutical innovation.  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.  Our team works closely with our clients and our Life Sciences patent team throughout a product lifecycle in order to maximize protection.

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. A unique and core strength that we offer our clients is technical expertise – with all of our professionals having a scientific education and experience in areas such as biology, physiology, molecular cell and microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, developmental genetics, or pharmacy. We also have expertise across the chemical field and with biotechnology in industrial applications.

Life Sciences Regulatory & Compliance: The life sciences regulatory & compliance team has 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.  We also regularly support and assist clients in responding to access to information requests, with food and drug regulatory compliance issues, and brand name assessments before Health Canada and securing related trademark protection.

IP Crime: From actively contributing to improvement in Canada’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy laws, policies and environment, to obtaining precedent-setting damages and restitution orders against counterfeiters, our anti-counterfeiting group provides efficient and expert advice and service to cost effectively protect intellectual property rights holders against IP crime.


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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Smart & Biggar is a Lexpert-Ranked Firm in the following practice areas
Computer & IT Law Ottawa, Ontario 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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