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The date is set: June 17, 2019 — Canada’s New Trademark Law will be in Force

After years of uncertainty, a date has been finally been set for the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law. The new law will come into force on June 17, 2019.

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Canada’s Anti-Dilution Remedy is Not Limited to Registered Trademarks: The bunny keeps going… and going… and going

Section 22 of the Canadian Trademarks Act, depreciation of a registered trademark’s goodwill, is a potentially powerful yet generally under-utilized weapon for dealing with damaging comparative advertising campaigns.

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We have liftoff: Canada’s new Industrial Design Regime has launched

November 5, 2018, marks an important step in the evolution of the industrial design regime in Canada. Numerous and substantial amendments to the Industrial Design Act and Rules are now in force.

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New Bill C-86 introduces many more changes to IP laws

On October 29, 2018, the Canadian Government introduced Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures.

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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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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Gunars Gaikis recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2019

Partner, Gunars Gaikis, has been described as “one of the best patent litigators since the industry began”. He has been recognised as among the leading life sciences patent litigators, an outstanding biotechnology lawyer and in the world’s top 30 patent attorneys.

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Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie and Lynn Ing named ‘Rising Stars’ by MIP IP Stars

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that associates, Lynn Ing and Guillaume Lavoie Ste-Marie have been selected by MIP to appear in IP Stars - Rising Stars guide.

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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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