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LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS
Cannabis Patents 101: Protecting innovation and growth

With cannabis now legal in Canada for both medical and recreational use, as well as legal for medical and/or recreational use at the state level in the majority of U.S. states, it is no secret companies are ramping up their research and development and rushing to pursue patent protection of their intellectual property

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ACT NOW: Follow this ‘TO DO’ list to save money on Canadian trademarks before June 17th

By now you have probably heard that Canada’s trademark regime is changing, bringing about dramatic amendments to our law, regulations and practice.

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Quick, Easy, Secure: Canada joins WIPO’s Digital Access Service for industrial design priority documents

Submitting priority documents for industrial design applications in Canada has just become more efficient! On April 1, 2019, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) continued the modernization of Canada’s industrial design regime by joining the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Digital Access Service

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On the (Quebec Health) Record: the Federal Court holds the Quebec government liable for patent infringement

In a digital-age David versus Goliath case, Dr. Luc Bessette has come head-to-head with the Quebec government in a battle over rights to a technology solution that provides shared access to critical medical information through a global network.

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Smart & Biggar intervenes before the SCC on behalf of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia in copyright infringement class action suit against Teranet

Steven Garland, Theodore Sum, Laura Easton and Matt Campbell intervened on behalf of the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia in the appeal of Keatley Surveying Ltd v Teranet Inc before the Supreme Court of Canada on March 29, 2019.

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Daphne Lainson named a WIPR Influential Woman in IP

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that Ottawa partner, Daphne Lainson, is profiled in the inaugural edition of WIPR Influential Women in IP, recognizing 80 international female leaders in IP.

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Smart & Biggar recognized as “Canadian Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year” at Managing Intellectual Property Awards

Smart & Biggar is proud to have been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) as Canada’s “Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year”.

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Peers praise Smart & Biggar as the “kings and queens of IP” in 2019 Benchmark Canada Guide

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that the firm has maintained its dominant position in Canadian Intellectual Property Litigationin the 2019 Benchmark Canada Guide.

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Smart & Biggar recognized as Canada’s leading intellectual property litigation firm five years in a row

Smart & Biggar was recognized for its outstanding IP litigation strength and named “Intellectual Property Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Canada for the fifth year in a row at the Benchmark Litigation Canada 2019 awards held in Toronto on March 7th.

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6 Smart & Biggar partners named as Acritas Stars 2019

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that 6 of our partners have been recognized as stand-out lawyers in Acritas Star – independently rated lawyers 2019.

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