Rankings & Recognition
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh once more achieves “Gold” status in Canadian trademark law
January 18, 2017

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh has once again achieved “gold band” status, as a leader in Canadian trademarks, in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh has “sharp practitioners” with an “exemplary track record in trademark litigation” who “uphold the firm’s reputation as one of the country’s most distinguished boutiques".

In total, five of our professionals are recognized as leaders in the guide:

Christian Bolduc
  • Christian Bolduc is recommended for prosecution and strategy. He is known as being “strategic, responsive and ultimately productive for his clients, while at the same time a pleasant person to deal with as an adversary”.

Mark Evans
  • Mark Evans is recommended for enforcement and litigation, anti-counterfeiting, and prosecution and strategy. He is praised for his “thorough, practical and knowledgeable” approach.

Steven Garland
  • Steven Garland is recommended for enforcement and litigation, and is praised as being a “fine litigator”. 

Francois Guay
  • François Guay  is recommended for enforcement and litigation, and is considered a “very persuasive advocate”.

Philip Lapin
  • Philip Lapin is recommended for prosecution and strategy. He is considered to be “incredibly capable – the kind of person who is looking for the best result for his client, rather than how many hours he can churn out of a file. You can send a conflict file to him without blinking.”

WTR 1000 is the first and only guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world's leading trademark legal services providers. Through an extensive research process conducted by a team of highly qualified, full-time analysts, the publication identifies the leading trademark law firms and individuals in over 71 key jurisdictions globally.


Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is recognised as Canada’s largest and leading firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary.

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