Alistair G. Simpson

Alistair G. Simpson: Attorney with Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Biography

Alistair Simpson has been advising clients in respect of intellectual property matters for more than twenty five years. His practice is diverse, encompassing all areas of intellectual property law including procurement, transactions and exploitation including licensing, and enforcement and defence work including litigation, with a particular emphasis on patents.

He has assisted small to mid-size enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, in procuring patent and other intellectual property protection; exploiting their intellectual property and assisting in the defence of their activities, providing among other services, due diligence investigations and the negotiation and drafting of patent and technology licenses and other similar types of agreements; and developing robust intellectual property strategies. He has also worked with his clients to develop internal procedures to ensure that intellectual property rights are safe-guarded and properly protected. He also has significant experience with trademark and design protection.

His knowledge of what is important to corporate clients is in part informed by his experiences on secondment to the in-house intellectual property group of a major Canadian high technology firm for over a year, where he assisted with patent licensing, exploitation, defence and strategy.

Alistair has considerable expertise working with clients in industries relating to both high technology and mechanical subject matter, such as telecommunication systems, industrial machinery and systems including packaging equipment, agricultural equipment, energy related technologies and medical devices. His background in civil engineering is considered a valued asset by such clients.

Alistair is qualified as a lawyer and patent agent both in Canada and the United States, and he provides advice to clients with respect to both Canadian and United States patent law, which is a particularly strong asset to companies operating in both jurisdictions. Additionally, while not currently advising clients in respect of English law, he is also qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales.

In his spare time, Alistair and his border collies train for, and compete in, sheepdog trials in both Canada and the United States.

Rankings and recognition
•Included in the 11th edition (2017) of The Best Lawyers in Canada, recognized in Intellectual Property Law
•Selected to appear in 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory under Intellectual Property
•Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada under intellectual property, 2011-2016
•Selected to appear in the IAM Patent 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners under Transactions, 2012 (inaugural edition) - 2016
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Patents
•Selected to appear in the IAM Licensing 250 - The World's Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers 2011/2012

Media

Publications
• Green light for green patenting in Canada (co-authors: Glen S. Kurokawa and Daphne C. Lainson), IP Update - Canada. June 24, 2013; Lexology, June 24, 2013; CCCA Members Knowledge Centre, June 2013; International Law Office Intellectual Property Newsletter, July 15, 2013

Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Licensing Committee
•Member, New York State Bar Association; member of the Intellectual Property Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
•Member, Licensing Executives Society
•Member, Canadian Bar Association

Speaking engagements

•Intellectual Property Due Diligence, Executing Effective Corporate Due Diligence (YLD) program, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, September 2009
•Understanding the Importance of IP Rights on an IT Deal, 8th Annual IT Law Spring Training Program, Toronto, May 2008
•Interviewed for and quoted in the Canadian Bar Association'sNationalmagazine for a 2008 article dealing with business method patents

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Patents
  • Licensing & IP Transactions
  • Industrial/Mechanical
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Software/Information Technologies
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Litigation
  • IP Management & Strategic Counselling
  • Industrial Designs
  • Copyright & Media
  • Trademarks
  • Cleantech
  • Energy

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
587.887.9997  Phone
587.887.9998  Fax
www.smart-biggar.ca
University Attended:
University of British Columbia, B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1988
Year of First admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Ontario Bar; 2013, Alberta Bar; 2012, England and Wales (Solicitor); 2003, New York State Bar
Memberships:

Professional Involvement

Memberships
•fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Licensing Committee
•Member, New York State Bar Association; member of the Intellectual Property Section and the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
•Member, Licensing Executives Society
•Member, Canadian Bar Association

ISLN:
903694900

Peer Reviews

  • 3.9/5.0 (3)
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    4.6/5.0 by a Associate on 05/05/10 in Intellectual Property Prosecution on 05/05/10

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    4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 05/05/10 in Patent Infringement on 05/05/10

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    3.2/5.0 by a Associate on 05/10/10 in Intellectual Property on 05/10/10

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