Smart & Biggar


55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
Station D, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5Y6

Tel:+1 613 232 2486
Fax:+1 613 232 8440

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Firm Managing Partner: Matthew Zischka
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Partner, Chair of the Firm: Daphne Lainson
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Quick facts:

Firm - Year of Establishment: 1890
Number of Partners: 41
Total Number of IP Practitioners: 90
Languages Spoken at the Firm: English, French

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are also the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas. We have a 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.

Smart & Biggar's decades of experience in intellectual property, combined with deep knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies and industries, allows them to provide clients with clarity on opportunities and solutions to leverage and maximize IP. No other Canadian firm can claim a stronger track record of victories in intellectual property litigation for its clients than Smart & Biggar. The firm prides itself on providing clients with the rare combination of successful trial experience, deep subject matter expertise and sophisticated and practical skills and analysis.

Smart & Biggar has the honour of working with many of Canada’s and the world’s most important innovators and brand owners. The firm is proud to have supported their 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. Smart & Biggar continuously invests in client relationships, and many of the firm's clients have entrusted them with protecting, enforcing and commercializing their IP rights. Whether 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, Smart & Biggar always ensures that clients receive the full benefit of their unrivaled IP experience and expertise.

Since 1890, Smart & Biggar has remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets, and advising clients on how to uncover and maximize available opportunities. The firm is committed to providing expert counsel and guidance to safeguard our clients’ competitive position and help them build and enforce strategic intellectual property and technology rights that will create more value for their business.

Key IP Areas
Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Trade mark, Copyright & related rights

Key Sector Expertise
Advertising, Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Electrical, Electronics, ICT & software, Internet, Life sciences, Mechanical, Medical device, Oil & gas, Professional services, Technology hardware, Telecommunication