Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
1100-150 York Street
M5H 3S5
+1 416 593 5514
+1 416 591 1690

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is Canada’s largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. We work directly with global and domestic organisations, and seamlessly as one team with associate firms, to help our clients secure, protect and maximise the value of their inventions and intellectual property investments in Canada.

From five offices across Canada, we offer the full complement of intellectual property services. We serve many of the world’s leading organisations representing a broad spectrum of industries. Our focus on value includes:

  • Client Service Delivery Excellence – With an international reputation for client service excellence, we leverage sophisticated project management and back-office systems to manage our clients’ matters.
  • Specialised Expertise – With one of the largest IP teams in Canada, we offer our clients experience in the combined scientific, technical and legal fields, along with highly specialised industry sector knowledge.
  • Litigation Powerhouse – Highly effective litigators who dominate courtrooms at all levels including the Supreme Court of Canada, on commercially important and technically complex matters, generating precedent-setting victories and record-setting damages awards for our clients.
  • Technical Strength – Virtually every member of our firm has an engineering or scientific educational background, and many possess graduate degrees in a diverse range of areas. Over 55 members of our firm, including most of our lawyers, are registered patent agents.
  • History of Partnering – We carefully nurture long-term relationships with clients and expert associate firms around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Patents & Designs:

The firm draws on our professionals’ unparalleled technical knowledge in evaluating an invention, reviewing its patentability and developing strong and enforceable patent rights throughout the world.


From publishing Canada’s first text on trademarks and registering Canada’s first sound mark, to obtaining precedent-setting damages against counterfeiters, the firm enjoys a deep tradition of leadership in trademark protection, licensing and enforcement.


A dominant force in intellectual property litigation, we are recognised as Canada’s leading IP litigation firm. The firm has efficient and highly effective trial lawyers, and no other Canadian firm can claim a more distinguished and successful record. We routinely handle Canada’s most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Many of our victories on behalf of our clients are leading Canadian precedents, and we have represented clients in the Supreme Court of Canada on more than 50 occasions.

Copyright & Media:

The firm provides comprehensive expertise in all aspects of copyright law, whether obtaining protection within traditional artistic fields or identifying and defending cutting-edge issues related to rapidly changing advances in areas such as high tech, software, broadcasting, new media and the internet.

Licensing & IP Transactions:

Our IP licensing and transactional lawyers leverage their expertise in advising on, structuring and negotiating a wide variety of domestic and international M&A, IPOs, financing and patent licensing deals, and other intellectual property-related transactions.

IP Management & Strategic Counselling:

The firm works closely with clients to manage and develop their rights by performing strategic IP and technology audits, identifying risks and significant opportunities, and advising clients on the best course of action to leverage their rights.

Pharmaceutical Litigation, Regulatory & Compliance:

The pharmaceutical group handles patent infringement and validity actions; court applications relating to regulatory approval; and litigation under access to information legislation. They have represented patentees against subsequent entrants in more than 200 proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, and are at the forefront of many of the most important judicial decisions relating to pharmaceutical innovation.

Life Sciences:

The firm works with a variety of clients in Canada and internationally, including universities, hospitals, research institutions and government laboratories, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and multinational companies, to develop intellectual property protection and license innovations. The combination of extensive expertise and advanced technical training in relevant subspecialties enables the firm to offer outstanding services for the protection of chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological inventions.

IP Crime:

From actively lobbying for improvement in Canada’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy laws, policies and environment, to obtaining precedent-setting damages and restitution orders against counterfeiters, the firm’s anti-counterfeiting group provides efficient and expert advice and service to cost-effectively protect intellectual property rights holders against IP crime.

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