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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS
USMCA v NAFTA: What’s changed and what it means for IP in Canada

After more than a year of negotiations, Canada reached a new free-trade agreement with Mexico and the United States minutes before the midnight deadline on September 30, 2018.

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Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regime: First Anniversary Update

September 21, 2018 marked the first anniversary of the certificate of supplementary protection (CSP) regime.

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Amended PMNOC Regulations: First Anniversary Update

As previously reported, the amended Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (“Regulations”) came into force on September 21, 2017, heralding significant changes to the landscape for pharmaceutical companies in Canada.

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You don’t need to build it for them to come: Federal Court affirms trademark “use” for services does not require bricks and mortar business in Canada

Non-Canadian hoteliers have reason for celebration following the release of the Federal Court of Canada’s anticipated decision in Hilton Worldwide Holding LLP v Miller Thomson LLP, 2018 FC 895 (Hilton Worldwide).

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Teva succeeds in section 8 bortezomib action; infringement counterclaim dismissed

On July 18, 2018, Justice Locke of the Federal Court granted Teva’s claim for compensation under section 8 of the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations (PMNOC Regulations) for losses suffered while market entry of Teva’s bortezomib product was delayed by Janssen’s applications under the PMNOC Regulation

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Smart & Biggar leads Chambers Canada for Intellectual Property and recognized for IP Litigation, Life Sciences and Cannabis

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that the firm continues to hold a leading band one ranking for Intellectual Property in the Chambers Canada 2019 guide. The firm also earned a new ranking in band three for Life Sciences.

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Six Smart & Biggar partners recognized among the most talented female practitioners in Business Law

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that six of our partners have been named in Euromoney’s 2018 Expert Guides: Women in Business Law. Inclusion in the guide pays due respect and recognition to the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding female practitioners in this industry.

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Smart & Biggar wins three awards from LMG Life Sciences, including “Canadian Firm of the Year” for both contentious and non-contentious patents

Smart & Biggar is honoured to have received two awards for Canadian Patent Firm of the Year, one each for our contentious and non-contentious work at the 2018 LMG Life Sciences Awards, held at Essex House in New York City on September 12, 2018.

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5 Smart & Biggar partners recognized as Acritas Stars

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that five of our partners have been named as 2018 Acritas Star — independently rated lawyers.

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Smart & Biggar tops the Best Lawyers list for IP with 30 lawyers selected for 2019

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that 30 lawyers have been included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada for Intellectual Property, more than any other firm.

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