Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh 
Ottawa, Ontario Office
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55 Metcalfe Street Suite 900, P.O. Box 2999 Station D
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 5Y6

(City of Ottawa)

Telephone: 613.232.2486
Fax: 613.232.8440

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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.


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


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


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.


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
LitigationMarketing & Advertising
PatentsPharmaceutical ¿ Regulatory & Compliance

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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Canadian Court Finds that Keyword Advertising Does Not Constitute Passing Off
Timothy O. Stevenson, August 25, 2015
The recent decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver Community College v Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc, 2015 BCSC 1470, addresses an interesting trademark issue in the context of online advertising. In particular, the law in Canada regarding keyword advertising and...

Federal Court of Appeal acknowledges "non-infringing alternative" defence for the first time in the assessment of damages for patent infringement
Daniel Whalen, August 7, 2015, previously published by

IP Update — Canada, Smart & Biggar’s Canadian intellectual property and technology law update

on August 6, 2015
On July 23, 2015, the Federal Court of Appeal held that the availability of a non-infringing alternative may be a relevant consideration when assessing damages for patent infringement (2015 FCA 171). Nevertheless, the extent to which this decision will actually affect the quantum of damages awards...

The Competition Bureau Takes Action Pursuant to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Amendments to the Competition Act
Andrea C. Kroetch, July 16, 2015
The Competition Bureau filed a Notice of Application with the Competition Tribunal, alleging deceptive marketing practices by two of Canada’s largest rental car companies, Aviscar and Budgetcar, and their related parent companies in March of 2015. In its application, the Bureau alleged that...

Year Established: 1906

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and Russian.

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