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Don’t let your brand go to pot (Part I): 4 things that cannabis brand owners need to know

by: Kwan Loh and Graham Hood
The Canadian federal government is moving quickly towards legalizing the possession and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes. However, Canada’s cannabis industry is already “overgrown” with many licensed (and unlicensed) producers, all vying for the attention of consumers

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Signed, sealed and almost delivered - Canada’s new trademark law is in sight

by: Philip Lapin
Canada is finally completing the last steps necessary for implementing its new trademark law. The changes will be the most significant in 50 years – both procedurally and substantively.

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Danger in the Korean Peninsula: Ambush marketing and the Olympic Games

by: Andrea Kroetch
For a few weeks every two years, the Summer and Winter Olympic Games offer brand owners and advertisers the opportunity to reach billions of people in hundreds of countries. The Summer Games in Rio 2016 reached a television audience of 3.2 billion people across the globe, while the 2014 Sochi

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Apotex granted damages from contract research organization for delayed FDA approval of two products

by: Abigail Smith
On December 22, 2017, Patillo J. of the Ontario Super Court of Justice held that Apotex was entitled to $11,303,131.80, plus pre-judgment interest, for losses flowing from delays in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s approval of Apotex’s amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and levodopa-carbidopa

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Getting your patent application into the fast lane: Canada’s patent prosecution highway

by: Paul den Boef
Canada launched its Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program a decade ago with the goal of fast-tracking patent examination and improving patent quality. Since its introduction, the PPH program has been an enormous success and offers numerous benefits to applicants.

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RANKINGS & RECOGNITION
Smart & Biggar dominates nominations for Managing IP’s Americas Awards and scores top ranking for Trade Marks in IP Stars

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that Managing IP (MIP) has short-listed the firm as a top contender across all 6 categories for their annual Americas Awards – more than any other firm in Canada.

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Smart & Biggar earns top honours in 2018 World Trademark Review 1000, with six partners recognized as industry leaders

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh has retained its industry leading ‘gold tier’ status in Canadian trademarks in the 2018 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Acclaimed as “one of the most recognized IP firms in Canada with flawless service extending back over a century”, the firm ha

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Benchmark Canada shortlists Smart & Biggar for Canada’s IP Litigation Firm of the Year, and 2 partners for Canada’s IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Smart & Biggar is pleased to be shortlisted for Benchmark Canada’s IP Litigation Firm of the Year. Smart & Biggar was chosen as Canada’s IP Litigation Firm of the Year for each of the last three previous years.

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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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