Firm Overview

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.

Intellectual property rights are only valuable if they can be protected and exploited intelligently. At Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, we are devoted to maximizing the value of our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. While we are proud that we have been selected repeatedly as Canada's leading intellectual property firm in numerous Canadian and international surveys, we recognize that our success is best measured by your success.

Technical Strength and Understanding of Your Business
Virtually every member of the firm has an engineering or scientific educational background and approximately 35 also have graduate degrees in a diverse range of areas. Over 70 members of our firm, including most of our lawyers, are registered patent agents. This sophisticated level of technical depth and expertise offers a powerful benefit to our clients. But we go further. We use our focus and expertise to provide our clients with a competitive business advantage. That's why our clients consider us to be an indispensable strategic partner, integral to their success.

Full National Coverage
Our presence across Canada while restricting our practice to intellectual property and technology law makes Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh unique. With offices in five of Canada's major technological and commercial centres, we are able to readily satisfy all of our clients' domestic needs.

Maximum International Reach for Canadians
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 and Japanese. Members of our firms are also registered to practise before the US, UK, European and Japanese 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 Foreign 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. We have been entrusted with the preparation, filing and prosecution of more patent and trademark applications than any other firm in Canada.

Forward-looking Advice
In the century that has passed since Frederick B. Fetherstonhaugh opened his first office in Ottawa, 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 about.

Our Strength is Your Advantage
Whether your innovations are the product of a moment's inspiration or the result of years of investment in research and development, we invite you to let us demonstrate the many ways that we can help you to leverage the potential of your efforts. Please refer to our practice areas for more information, or contact any of our offices.

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