|Intellectual Property Law||Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition|
|Trademark, Copyright, and Unfair Competition|
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.
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:
- Copyright & Media
- Industrial Designs
- Licensing & IP Transactions
- IP Management & Strategic Counselling
- Pharmaceutical Regulatory & Compliance
- IP Crime
Approximately 70 of our 104 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
- Industrial and Mechanical
- Electrical and Electronic
- Software, Information Technology and Internet
- Consumer Products
- Media and Broadcasting
- Financial Services
- Aerospace and Defence
- Consulting Services
- Energy and Utilities
- Food, Beverage and Tobacco
- Luxury Goods and Apparel
- Metals and Mining
- Clean Tech
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.
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.
Documents by Lawyers at this office
Claim indefiniteness in Canada: an Overview for U.S. Practitioners
Christopher J. Thompson, December 18, 2014
This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important ruling in Nautilus Inc v Biosig Instruments Inc, 134 S. Ct. 2120, 110 U.S.P.Q.2d 1688 (2014) (“Nautilus”), restating the appropriate test for assessing whether a claim is indefinite. In light of this recent change in U.S. law, it...
Changes to Renewal Terms for Canadian Trademark Registrations Under Bill C-31 - Avoiding Potential Pitfalls
Timothy O. Stevenson, December 2, 2014, previously published by IP
Update — Canada
, Smart & Biggar’s Canadian intellectual
property and technology law update on December 01, 2014
Among the many changes to Canadian trademark law that will result from Bill C-31 is a change to the renewal period for trademark registrations. While Bill C-31 has received Royal Assent and is thus now law, the Canadian Trademarks Office has indicated that the amendments to the Trademarks Act...
Competition Considerations in IP Settlement Agreements
Colin B. Ingram,Daniel Whalen, November 22, 2014
Historically, anti-trust issues associated with the exercise of intellectual property rights have been of lesser concern in Canada than in other jurisdictions, most notably the United States and Europe. Although the Canadian Competition Bureau published the Intellectual Property Enforcement...
Year Established: 1906
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian.