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Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by: Kwan T. Loh and Ahmed ElDessouki
2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past year.

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Update on Biosimilars

by: Urszula A. Wojtyra
In November 2016, Health Canada issued a Guidance Document: Information and Submission Requirements for Biosimilar Biologic Drugs (as previously reported). In March 2017, Health Canada held a Biosimilars Workshop and issued a report, which notes that Health Canada intends to consult with st

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Canada moves closer to joining the Hague Agreement with the release of proposed new Industrial Design Regulations

by: Christine Genge
On December 9, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council took the formal step of publishing proposed new Industrial Design Regulations (the proposed Regulations) in the Canadian Gazette. A 30-day consultation period has been set, ending January 9, 2018.

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Streamlined Canadian trademark litigation — Court of Appeal opens door to full compensation

by: Timothy Stevenson and Matthew Norton
A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal sheds light on a streamlined litigation procedure that brand owners may find attractive. In Group III International Ltd v Travelway Group International Ltd, 2017 FCA 215 [Travelway] the court suggests that trademark owners

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Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

by: Keltie Sim Luft
As 2017 is drawing to a close and we are beginning to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law is beginning in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented in full early in 2019.

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
5 Smart & Biggar partners chosen among Canada’s top lawyers for The 2018 Lexpert®/ALM500

Smart & Biggar announced today that five of the firm’s partners have been named Canada’s top intellectual property lawyers in The 2018 The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (the Lexpert/ALM500).

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Smart & Biggar comes out on top for intellectual property law in The Legal 500 Canada

Smart & Biggar announced today its selection as a ‘Top Tier’ firm in the category of Intellectual Property in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Canada. 2018 marks four consecutive years that the firm has received the publication’s highest ranking.

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Smart & Biggar dominates Lexpert’s US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation guide by honouring 5 of the firm’s partners

Smart & Biggar announced today that five of the firm's partners, Mark Evans, Gunars Gaikis, Steven Garland, François Guay and Sheldon Hamilton, were featured among Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers in the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada. Smart & Bigger had more lawye

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada recognizes 17 Smart & Biggar professionals recognized as leading IP experts

The newly released edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 has recognized 17 Smart & Biggar professionals among the world’s leading experts in Patents, Patent Agency, Trademarks, and Life Sciences.

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Chambers names Smart & Biggar as Canada’s Intellectual Property
Law Firm of the Year

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that the firm has been recognized as Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Canada Awards Ceremony held in Toronto on September 27th.

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