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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS
Official marks can be challenged by judicial review

by Philip Lapin and Daniel Hnatchuk
“Official marks” are a form of intellectual property protection unique to Canada. Many trademark owners, even in Canada, are unaware of official marks, which can be a source of frustration when cited by the Trademarks Office against a trademark application. However, applicants

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Domain name solicitation fraud – brand owners beware

by Daniel Anthony It is a modern reality that with brand ownership comes the risk of trademark and domain name fraud. In this area, there has recently been a rise in email scams targeting brand owners by falsely claiming that domain name rights are in jeopardy. As these scams become more common, all trademark owners s

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Federal Court prohibits issuance of NOC to Teva for atazanavir sulfate, prior genus patent does not anticipate compound claim

by: Kevin Siu
On June 8, 2016, the Federal Court issued an order under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations prohibiting the Minister of Health from issuing a notice of compliance to Teva for atazanavir sulfate (Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) REYATAZ) until expiry of Novartis AG’s Patent No. 2

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Commissioner’s Decision clarifies support requirements for humanized antibodies, signalling change in CIPO practice

By: Thuy H. Nguyen The Manual of Patent Office Practice discusses antibodies as a “special topic”; no other molecule is set apart this way. The Commissioner’s Decisions CD 1302 on monoclonal antibodies and the recent CD 1398 on humanized antibodies, indicate that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is b

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The top ten reasons to register your brand in Canada. Now!

by Graham Hood
Canada is a critically important market for brand owners, particularly for those looking to break into North America and capitalize on Canada’s strong trade relationship with the U.S. If your brand protection strategy does not include Canada, consider the top ten reasons to register your brand in

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Best Lawyers in Canada honours more IP and technology lawyers at Smart & Biggar than any other Canadian Firm

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce 25 IP & technology lawyers from Smart & Biggar have been included in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada — more than any other firm in Canada. They were recognized under the four categories of Intellectual Property Law, Biotechnology Law, Information Technology Law and Tec

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Gunars Gaikis recognized as the Best of the Best by Expert Guides

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that Gunars Gaikis has been recognized again as one of the top thirty patent attorneys in the world from Expert Guides: Best of the Best. Mr. Gaikis had received this prominent accolade in the 2014 edition.

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Smart & Biggar recognized as the top-ranked firm for Canadian IP law in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory — only firm chosen at the top of the rankings in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver

Smart & Biggar’s position as frontrunners in IP law across Canada has yet again been solidified with the newest edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. A remarkable 24 lawyers have been selected to appear in this year’s edition as “Lexpert-Ranked” lawyers. Their diligent work and dedication has gained us top

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Lauded as “an excellent firm” and one of only two Canadian firms selected as a ‘Band One’ firm in Canadian intellectual property law by Chambers Canada 2017

Smart & Biggar is honoured to be once again recognized as one of only two Canadian firms selected as a ‘Band One’ firm in Canadian intellectual property law — the highest ranking given to firms by the directory.

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Smart & Biggar is proud to be recognized as a “main player at the top level of the Canadian market” by IAM Patent, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2016 Edition

One of only two Canadian firms to be recognized as a Gold band status in the category of litigation, transactions and prosecution, our professionals were lauded as being “the highest quality and intelligent, business orientated and hardworking”.

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