Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, 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.
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.
At Smart & Biggar, we have the honour of working with many of Canada’s and the world’s most important innovators and brand owners. 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. We continuously invest in our client relationships, and many of our clients have entrusted us with protecting, enforcing and commercializing their IP rights. 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.
Since 1890, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets, and advising clients on how to uncover and maximize available opportunities. We are 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.
Osler acts as an integral business partner by developing and executing global intellectual property strategies in prosecution and litigation that align with our client’s objectives. Our firm represents a vast client base in complex litigation in every field of IP, before every level of the Canadian courts and before international tribunals. We have coordinated and managed prosecution and litigation strategies throughout multiple jurisdictions, and our international reputation for excellence in Canadian IP patent litigation has been built on our winning record. We also supervise the filing and prosecution of patent applications outside of North America on behalf of our clients through our network of foreign associate law firms.
We have extensive experience in drafting, filing, prosecuting and maintaining patent and industrial design applications in Canada, including for leading Canadian and multinational companies. Our patent agents, most of whom are PhD or Masters qualified, are highly proficient in dealing with patent protection and patent avoidance issues in the design, engineering and manufacturing of products, and particularly products to be distributed simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions. We regularly conduct freedom-to-operate studies and render opinions in respect of Canadian patents for our clients.
Our firm routinely acts as counsel to the world’s largest and leading generic pharmaceutical companies, including Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Teva Canada, Samsung Bioepsis, Pharmascience, Celltrion Inc, and many others, and we have particular expertise in representing and advising international and domestic innovators in areas of technology, biotech, life sciences, electronics and consumer products.
Osler has in-depth experience in clearing, registering, maintaining and enforcing trade-mark rights in Canada and internationally, on managing domestic and international portfolios for leading Canadian and global corporations and in successfully representing clients’ interests before the courts and intellectual property administrative tribunals. We also service an extensive network of foreign law and agency firms, assisting those firms in protecting the Canadian rights of their clients. For many consecutive years, Osler has been among the top filers of trade-mark applications with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”).
A selection of Osler’s trade-mark clients and clients we service through our network of firms include 3M Company, Air Products Canada, Ltd., American Eagle Outfitters, Bass Pro Shops, Bausch & Lomb Inc., Caterpillar, H.D. Lee, Eddie Bauer, Estée Lauder, Fisher–Price, Hugo Boss Canada, LinkedIn Corporation, Live Nation Worldwide, Mattel, Inc., Matsushita, NBA, National Women's Hockey League, Phillips 66, Sullivan Entertainment Inc., WNBA and Wrangler Apparel.
Osler’s Intellectual Property team also represents clients in disputes and litigation involving copyright (including infringement claims, ownership disputes and Copyright Board tariff proceedings), trade-marks (including infringement claims, expungement proceedings and Trade-Mark Opposition Board proceedings), domain names, trade secrets/conﬁdential information, anti-counterfeiting and misleading advertising. Our clients include Re:Sound Music Licensing Company and Universities Canada.
If you want a creative solution to a complex problem, contact Gilbert’s LLP.
Gilbert’s is a boutique law firm based in Toronto. Gilbert’s is built to fit the legal and business needs of innovation-driven organisations in creative industries, including pharmaceutical, software, technology, energy, clean-tech, gaming, and media and entertainment.
Launched in 2001 by managing partner Tim Gilbert armed with only a briefcase and a cellphone, Gilbert’s was founded on the aim to break out of the conventional approach to legal services. Our lawyers and staff work in an integrated, multi-talented and principled manner to enable clients to overcome complex and unconventional challenges with creative solutions.
With a practice that encompasses litigation, patents, trademarks, government relations and IP disputes across borders, our firm excels where law, science, business and government intersect.
Gilbert’s provides deep industry knowledge and excellent, responsive client service. Offering a robust and well-rounded team, the firm succeeds for clients because it strives to make business sense of the complex.
We also investigate, vet and incorporate the use of new software technologies, including secure communication tools, to streamline our intra-office work and create deliverables.
Marks & Clerk is one of the UK’s largest, and longest established, intellectual property firms. Our expert teams of patent and trade mark attorneys and lawyers are wired directly into the UK’s innovation economies via our offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Alongside our presence in the UK, we also have offices in nine international locations covering the EU, Canada and Asia, meaning we can tap into local expertise, globally.
Our team provides a full-service IP offering, from the initial filing of IP, through to litigation and commercial exploitation. Having seen the benefits that our clients derive from our full-service model, a number of patent attorney firms have since sought to follow a similar approach by adding solicitors to their teams. However, our well-established and highly regarded litigation and commercial transactions practices continue to set us apart from other firms.
We are experts not only in intellectual property law, but also in the science and technology that underpins our clients’ businesses. Our ability to draw upon this specialist technical expertise, not just in the context of patent prosecution but also in the context of litigation and commercial transactions, enables us to provide clients with a level of service and reach unmatched by other firms.