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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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Playing by the rules – Ambush marketing and the Olympic Games

by Nicole Vidinu
The Olympic Games represent one of the biggest opportunities for a company to increase exposure of its brands to consumers on a global scale over a concentrated period of time. With the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games around the corner, many Canadian and other companies from around the world are

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Reasons to register industrial designs in Canada

by Lionel Fishman
Industrial designs have never been more important. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, a product’s design may be just as important as its technologically advancement. In recognition of World Industrial Design Day, we are highlighting reasons to register industrial designs in Canada.

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
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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Smart & Biggar's Nancy Pei chosen as one of the Top 250 Women in IP

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Pei is one of only seven women in Canada chosen as one of the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars list of the Top 250 Women in IP for 2016.

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Smart & Biggar partners ranked as top intellectual property lawyers by World IP Review Leaders

World IP Review Leaders is a new, comprehensive guide to the top intellectual property lawyers in the areas of patents and trademarks across the globe.  We are delighted to announce that ten members of the Smart & Biggar team have been included in this guide: Christian Bolduc Mark Evans Ronald Faggetter

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