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Who's Who Legal Life Sciences: Patent Litigation

Steven Garland is the chair of Smart & Biggar's executive committee and managing partner of the firm. Steve has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property litigation, including issues relating to patent, trademark, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and competition law. He has acted in many patent litigation matters that have involved a wide variety of subjects, including chemical, biochemical, biotechnological, telephony, mechanical and industrial matters.

He has appeared as counsel in intellectual property cases at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal; the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal; the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal; the Court of Appeal of British Columbia; and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also appears before the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board, and has been retained as a mediator in intellectual property disputes.

Steve also acts on behalf of innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies for patent-related matters, including patent infringement actions and proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

In numerous surveys, clients and colleagues have noted that Steve is “top of mind for savvy representation”, “very skilled”, “a courtroom ace”, “an exceptional litigator” and “among the best”.

Steve is a former president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Canadian Group), and a former president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at University of Ottawa Law School, where he teaches patent law. He is a regular writer and lecturer on Intellectual Property matters, both in Canada and internationally. He is also a member of the editorial board of Intellectual Property Magazine. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a reservoir engineer in the Canadian oil and gas industry.

Steve was named Lawyer of the Year in the intellectual property section of Best Lawyers in Canada (2018) and named in the 2017 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. He was recognised as a leader in World IP Review (2016 and 2017) and as a leading lawyer in intellectual property law in the The Legal 500: Canada (2017). In 2013 he was identified as Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada. He has also been listed in, among others, The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; Chambers Global; Best Lawyers in Canada; LMG Life Sciences; and Benchmark Canada. He has been recognised in Who's Who Legal: Patents since 2010 and Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences since 2011.

WWL says: Steven Garland is “a leading lawyer” who focuses his first-class practice on patent litigation in a range of areas, including biochemistry, biotech and technology.

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