IP STARS Reviews

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is a leader in IP in Canada. The firm's Canada IP team covers contentious and non-contentious patent work in a range of technical fields including chemistry, engineering, life sciences and TMT. Some of its patent practitioners have dual qualifications.

Laurent Massam, Matthew M Roy, Timothy C Bailey, Brian G Kingwell and Roch J Ripley are leaders in the patent practice. Bailey, Roy, Ripley and Kingwell specialise in patent protection work while Massam is a litigator. Michael Crichton, Christopher Van Barr, R Nelson Godfrey, and Anthony Creber are also recommended for patent disputes. Alex Gloor is one to watch in patent litigation. Other experienced patent agents in the firm are James Baker, Konrad Sechley, Shahrzad Esmaili, Brian Lee, James Longwell, and Christopher Bown.

The firm is also highly recommended for trade mark and copyright work. Martha J Savoy, Kelly Gill, Stuart Ash, Peter Choe, Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel, Michelle Easton, Lori Hall and Shelagh Carnegie are among the key trade mark practitioners in the firm. Savoy leads the trade mark department. Gill and Choe are recommended for soft IP disputes whereas Hall and Carnegie specialise in brand protection. Ash and Rizkalla-Kamel are also noted for their transactions practice.

For copyright, the firm has lawyers like Susan H Abramovitch, Matthew Estabrooks, Stéphane E Caron and Lynne Watt. Abramovitch, who leads the entertainment department, is experienced in advising clients in the creative industries. Generalist IP litigators Massam, James Green and Kevin Sartorio can also handle copyright disputes. Paul Armitage and Regina Corrigan are notable tech/IP transactions specialists in the firm.

Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar retains its position as one of the leading IP firms in Canada. This firm is highly recommended for IP protection and disputes work. Its technical expertise for patent work is quite broad, covering areas such as life sciences, software/ICT, electronics, and mechanical engineering. Some of its patent practitioners are dual qualified to deal with both patent protection and litigation.

Life sciences patent protection specialist Daphne Lainson and ICT specialist Matthew Zischka lead the firm. Other notable senior patent agents are Elliott Simcoe, Stephan Georgiev, and David Schwartz.

Nancy Pei, Steven Garland, Yoon Kang, Sheldon Hamilton, and François Guay are among the prominent patent litigators in the firm. Garland is indeed an excellent all-round IP litigator. Pharmacist Alice Tseng is experienced in advising on regulatory matters in the life sciences sector.

The boutique also maintains a significant soft IP practice, featuring some of the leading trade mark practitioners in Canada; they include Mark Evans, Mark Biernacki, Kohji Suzuki, Sanjay Goorachurn, and Philip Lapin.

Suzuki heads up the firm's trade mark practice. Other senior soft IP practitioners in the firm are Christian Bolduc and Jean-Sébastien Dupont. Graham Hood is an up-and-coming soft IP practitioner to watch. Guay, Hood and Biernacki can also advise on copyright matters. Christine Genge is very knowledgeable about design law and practice.