François Guay

François Guay
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François Guay is a partner in Smart & Biggar's Montreal office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. He has over 35 years of in-depth IP litigation experience and in-depth experience in advising clients on IP litigation strategies, conducting discoveries, examinations and cross-examinations, as well as preparing highly persuasive arguments to be presented in court.

François is among the top experienced IP litigators in Canada. He has appeared before the courts of Quebec and the Federal Court of Canada. He has argued many cases that have resulted in leading jurisprudence in the fields of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets and computer-related technology. More than 250 of the cases he has been involved in have been reported in Canada. He has a vast amount of experience with extraordinary recourses such as interim or interlocutory injunctions, seizures before judgment and anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy matters. His case work in Marlboro Canada Limited v Philip Morris Products SA and Bell Canada et al v 1326030 Ontario Inc dba et al have both been named by Managing Intellectual Property as the Canadian Trademark Milestone Case of the Year.

François was named Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada in 2013 and 2014, and IP Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by Best Lawyers. He is listed in the Lexpert/ALM 500 Guide, the Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Guide, Expert Guides: Leading Patent Law Practitioners, Expert Guides: Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Benchmark Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, WWL: Patents, WWL: Canada, IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000 and the trademark and copyright sections of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook.

WWL says: François Guay is "an exceptional IP litigator" according to commentators, who highlight his strategic mind and strong commercial sense.

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