Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh 
Vancouver, British Columbia Office
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2300-1055 West Georgia Street, Box 11115
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6E 3P3

(Vancouver Co.)

Telephone: 604.682.7780
Fax: 604.682.0274
http://www.smart-biggar.ca



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About this office:

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our work and the calibre of our professionals. Related to Fetherstonhaugh through common partners, offices and personnel, we have been leaders in our field for over a century. Our record of superior service is the reason the world's most innovative corporations and law firms look to Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh. We offer a full range of services related to intellectual property and technology law, from trying complex patent litigation to managing trademark portfolios around the world.

LEGAL SERVICES

In the century that has passed since the founding of our firm, the legal and technological landscape has changed significantly. Advances in science, technology and marketing call for new methods of protection and these developments have brought intellectual property issues to the forefront of the global economy. We have not only kept pace with these changes - we have helped to bring many of them to fruition. Today we advise clients on a wide variety of existing and emerging intellectual property and technology law matters:

• Patents

• Trademarks

• Copyright & Media

• Industrial Designs

• Litigation

• Licensing & IP Transactions

• IP Management & Strategic Counselling

• Pharmaceutical Regulatory & Compliance

• IP Crime

• Marketing & Advertising

TECHNOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING

Approximately 70 of our 100 professionals are registered patent agents, including most of our lawyers. Virtually every member of our firm has an engineering or scientific background and dozens of our practitioners also have postgraduate degrees in their respective areas of practice. We offer our clients technology-specific experience in many sectors, including:

• Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical

• Chemical

• Industrial and Mechanical

• Electrical and Electronic

• Software, Information Technology and Internet

• Consumer Products

• Media and Broadcasting

• Financial Services

• Aerospace and Defence

• Transportation

• Consulting Services

• Energy and Utilities

• Food, Beverage and Tobacco

• Luxury Goods and Apparel

• Metals and Mining

• Retail

• Telecommunications

• Cleantech

MAXIMUM INTERNATIONAL REACH FOR CLIENTS

Our offices span across the country, but our practice covers the globe. For domestic clients who are expanding beyond national borders, we offer strategic counsel and an efficient gateway to the world. In addition to English and French, we offer capabilities in a number of foreign languages including German, Mandarin and Japanese. Members of our firms are also registered to practise before the US, UK and European patent offices. Over the course of many decades, we have built relationships with leading associate firms throughout the world. Our clients know that their assets will be protected outside of Canada with the same sophisticated level of understanding and care that they receive at home.

A TRUSTED RESOURCE FOR CLIENTS AND ASSOCIATES

We offer a full complement of patent and trademark agency services to associate firms and in-house counsel seeking to protect, exploit or litigate intellectual property rights in Canada. Many clients appreciate the convenience offered by our Ottawa office's close proximity to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. In fact, we have prepared, filed and prosecuted more patent and trademark applications than any other firm in Canada.



 

Specific Practice & Industry Groups Details:
Copyright & MediaIP Management & Strategic Counselling
Industrial DesignsLicensing & IP Transactions
LitigationPatents
Pharmaceutical ¿ Regulatory & ComplianceTrademarks


Statement of Practice Summary:
Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademarks, Licensing, Litigation, Copyright, Industrial designs, Anti-counterfeiting, Portfolio Management, Infringement, Patent and Trademark Prosecution, Technologies, Trade Secrets, Counterfeit, Anti-Piracy, Technology Law, Biotechnology, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Computer, Software, Internet, Electrical, Electronic, and Mechanical.

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The Intersection between the Precious Metals Marking Act and the Trademarks Act in Canada: Marking of Precious Metal Articles
R. Nelson Godfrey, June 7, 2016
Dealers in jewellery and other articles made from precious metals commonly use standardized indications of quality, called “quality marks” in some countries and “hallmarks” in others, to readily indicate to consumers and regulators that the article is a precious metal...

Federal Court of Appeal Seeks to Clarify Law Relating to Trademarks Descriptive or Misdescriptive of Geographical Origin
R. Nelson Godfrey, March 21, 2016
In MC Imports Inc v AFOD Ltd, 2016 FCA 60, the Federal Court of Appeal revisited the issue of whether geographically descriptive words are registrable as trademarks or whether they are prohibited by section 12(1)(b) of the Canadian Trademarks Act. The decision, coming less than three months after...

Acronyms and the issue of descriptiveness under the Canadian Trademarks Act
R. Nelson Godfrey, November 24, 2015
Section 12(1)(b) of the Canadian Trademarks Act provides that a trademark is not registrable if it is clearly descriptive or deceptively misdescriptive of the character or quality of its associated goods or services or the conditions of or persons employed in their production or place of origin. In...





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