|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
• Marketing & Advertising
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
• 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
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:
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
Federal Court of Appeal Considers Standard for “Obvious To Try” Test
Kendra Cann, February 11, 2016, previously published by IP Update Canada -
Smart & Biggar's Canadian intellectual property and technology law update on February 8, 2016
On December 15, 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal confirmed that the correct standard for determining whether an invention is obvious under the “obvious to try” test is still whether it was “more or less self-evident” to try to obtain the invention. The Court rejected the...
Federal Court of Appeal Upholds But Limits Scope of Leading Decision on Metatags
Daniel Anthony, February 11, 2016, previously published by In the recent decision of Red Label Vacations Inc v 411 Travel Buys Limited 2015 FCA 290,
the Federal Court of Appeal appears to have made a distinct effort to
limit the scope of the trial judge’s ruling that copying of metatags,
including third party trademarks, did not constitute copyright or
trademark infringement. This decision leaves open the possibility of a
different result in appropriate future cases. on February 8, 2016
In the recent decision of Red Label Vacations Inc v 411 Travel Buys Limited 2015 FCA 290, the Federal Court of Appeal appears to have made a distinct effort to limit the scope of the trial judge’s ruling that copying of metatags, including third party trademarks, did not constitute copyright...
Year Established: 1906
Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian.