DWW is a Toronto law firm specializing in Intellectual Property (“IP”), Information Technology (“IT”) and Privacy and Cybersecurity (“P&C”). Our team of lawyers is as large as the corresponding groups of many full-service firms, and our specialized practices means we have an exceptional depth of experience. Founded over 25 years ago, the firm has grown from seven lawyers to close to 20, covering all aspects of IP prosecution, commercialization and enforcement; technology law; emerging technology protection and commercialization; privacy and data breach protection, management and coaching; litigation; and regulatory law. We provide a full range of services relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, confidential information, and other forms of intellectual property.
We act for a number of large businesses, including an international oilfield services company, a provincial government, municipalities, an automotive manufacturer and an automotive products company, speciality chemical company, pharmaceutical companies, a major inter-bank data network, a top-tier hospital, an international soft drink company, and a number of Canadian tech start-ups. We have acted for several international drug companies on patent litigation, PM(NOC), and regulatory matters and we also provide day-to-day patent and trademark advice for major food, chemical, automotive and retail companies.
DWW’s expertise in widely recognized. We are currently designated as one of the Top 10 IP boutiques in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Our lawyers have been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Chambers and Partners Canada Guide, the Chambers and Partners Global Guide, and the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
The founding partners at DWW were partners at major national law firms and successfully transferred their large, complex and varied "big firm" experiences to a specialized boutique firm that offers clients the breadth of experience and IP, IT and P&C expertise of a major firm with a hands-on, flexible, service-oriented approach to client care. We strive at all times to ensure that we have added value to our clients’ organization, in addition to ensuring that their legal rights are protected.
We understand that a pure, technical, legal solution is not always the only or best solution. We deliver fast, responsive, relevant legal advice that meets the tight timelines that organizations face. We believe that our hands-on, business-focused practice sets us apart from many other firms practicing IP, IT and P&C law. We understand the technologies and we understand the businesses our clients are in. We appreciate the need for timely, practical and relevant legal advice. Sometimes, all a client needs is a quick answer to a question; not a 40 page memo.
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.
The nature of business today is international, fast-paced and ever-changing. What never changes at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall is the awareness that intellectual property rights must be protected as valuable corporate assets.
Our Intellectual Property Law Group can help you establish, monitor, and enforce the intellectual property rights that are critical to protecting your company’s most valuable commodities. Your intellectual assets follow your business around the world, and our team provides the international expertise and network of partners to support you. We represent individuals, start-ups, and national and international corporations, and can help businesses and venture capital firms establish the value of intellectual property.
Our Ottawa law firm offers expertise across intellectual property law and litigation, and business law. We provide a flexible team of Ottawa lawyers that can be scaled to meet your needs, and can represent clients before administrative bodies and courts. We have industry-specific expertise across the business and technical sides of a range of fields including energy, clean energy, biofuel technology, green patenting, chemistry, biotechnology, nanomedicine, drug delivery technology, cannabis, pharmaceuticals, engineering, electronics, photonics, software, hardware and telecommunications.
Gowling WLG is recognised among Canada’s leading law firms across all areas of IP. Our award-winning group of IP professionals is Canada’s largest, and has earned a reputation as the go-to team for those seeking ironclad protection for their most valuable brands and other IP rights.
Gowling WLG files more than one and a half times the number of trademark applications in Canada than any other firm, contributing more than 6% of all trademarks filed with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). We also file 9% of patents, more than any other full-service firm, and act in more IP cases before the Federal Court than any other law firm in Canada.
In 2020, Gowling WLG won the Canadian “Firm of the Year” award in the Trademark Prosecution category at the MIP Americas Awards 2020 and was named Canadian “Firm of the Year” in the Trademarks category at the Global IP Awards. In 2019, Gowling WLG was named Canada’s “Firm of the Year” for both Patents and Trademarks at the Global Intellectual Property Awards.
Gowling WLG is pleased to waive the fee associated with the appointment of our firm as Agent of Record on your Canadian designated trademark application under the Madrid Protocol. CIPO will not correspond with foreign agents; therefore, having a Canadian Agent appointed will significantly reduce the risk of missed deadlines or inadvertent loss of rights with respect to a Canadian application.