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Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh 

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law.
Size of Organization: 104
Year Established: 1906
Main Office: Ottawa, Ontario
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Telephone: 613.232.2486
Fax: 613.232.8440

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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.

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Three Reasons for Non-Canadian Companies to register .ca Domain Names Now
Nicole Vidinu, November 27, 2015, previously published by IP Update - Canada, Smart & Biggar's Canadian intellectual property and technology update on November 26, 2015
With over 2.3 million .ca domain registrations, .ca is the world’s eighth-fastest growing domain extension (CIRA). The .ca domain represents an important tool for companies operating in the Canadian marketplace. What follows are three reasons why it is advisable to proactively secure key...

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...

Canada concludes negotiations on free trade agreement with Trans-Pacific Partners
Daphne C. Lainson,Shirley Liang,Neil Padgett, November 12, 2015, previously published by IP Update - Canada, Smart & Biggar's Canadian intellectual property and technology update on November 6, 2015
Canada and eleven other countries, including Australia, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru and Singapore, have entered into an agreement to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The text of the TPP deal, which sets common standards on a wide variety of issues relating to trade,...


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