Steven Garland named Firm Managing Partner
January 10, 2018

TORONTO — Smart & Biggar has selected Steve Garland, one of the firm’s senior partners, and one of Canada’s premier intellectual property litigators, to serve as its new Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee.

“Smart & Biggar is at the heart of innovation in Canada, helping companies of all sizes worldwide to maximize the business and commercial value of their intellectual property investments”, said Steve. “We believe that we must constantly earn our reputation as Canada’s leading IP firm by striving every day to deliver the highest levels of client service and exceptional advice to our clients in a cost-effective manner. In the coming years we will continue to implement our long-term strategic focus on top level intellectual property services, combined with enhanced operational efficiency through investment, development, and application of technology, which ultimately will bring more value to our client relationships.”


“Steve Garland has the unanimous support of our partnership to lead Smart & Biggar as we continue to strengthen our firm-wide capabilities to deliver strategic intellectual property counseling, litigation and prosecution services”, said François Guay, Managing Partner of the firm’s Montréal office.

Steve has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee for two years, and is former Finance Partner of the firm and Managing Partner of the Ottawa office. Several recent decisions in which Steven has acted as successful counsel have become leading cases, including Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation, 2017 FC 350. Steve and his team successfully represented Dow in a patent infringement matter that led to a final award which totaled over $645 million (including prejudgment interest). This is the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case.

About Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Related to Fetherstonhaugh - Canada's largest patent agency firm - through common partners, offices and people, we have been leaders in intellectual property and technology law for over a century.

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