Lexpert Ranked Law Firm

Smart & Biggar is Canada’s largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our work and the calibre of our professionals. Our record of superior service is the reason the world’s most innovative corporations and law firms look to Smart & Biggar. We offer a full range of services related to intellectual property and technology law, from trying complex patent litigation to managing trademark portfolios around the world.


In the century that has passed since the founding of our firm, the legal and technological landscape has changed significantly. Advances in science, technology and marketing call for new methods of protection and these developments have brought intellectual property issues to the forefront of the global economy. We have not only kept pace with these changes — we have helped to bring many of them to fruition. Today we advise clients on a wide variety of existing and emerging intellectual property and technology law matters:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright & Media
  • Industrial Designs
  • Litigation
  • Licensing & IP Transactions
  • IP Management & Strategic Counselling
  • Pharmaceutical Regulatory & Compliance
  • Marketing & Advertising


Approximately 60 of our 100 professionals are registered patent agents, including most of our lawyers. Virtually every member of our firm has an engineering or scientific background and dozens of our practitioners also have postgraduate degrees in their respective areas of practice. We offer our clients technology-specific experience in many sectors, including:

  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Chemical & Industrial Biotechnology
  • Cleantech
  • Consulting Services
  • Consumer Products
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco
  • Industrial and Mechanical
  • IP Crime
  • Life Sciences
  • Luxury Goods and Apparel
  • Media and Broadcasting
  • Metals and Mining
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Retail
  • Software, Information Technology and Internet
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

Our offices span across the country, but our practice covers the globe. For domestic clients who are expanding beyond national borders, we offer strategic counsel and an efficient gateway to the world. In addition to English and French, we offer capabilities in a number of foreign languages including German, Chinese and Japanese. Members of our firms are also registered to practise before the US, UK and European patent offices. Over the course of many decades, we have built relationships with leading associate firms throughout the world. Our clients know that their assets will be protected outside of Canada with the same sophisticated level of understanding and care that they receive at home.


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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