Rankings & Recognition
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
January 29, 2018

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.

We would also like to congratulate our partners Gunars Gaikis and Steven Garland for being shortlisted for consideration as Canada’s IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year.

Gunars Gaikis

Steven Garland

Gunars Gaikis was successful lead counsel in AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc2017 SCC 36, which resulted in the Supreme Court of Canada abolishing the controversial “promise of the patent” doctrine, under which patentees had to prove that the claimed invention was useful for any “promised” uses found in the specification. This judge-made doctrine had been invoked to invalidate numerous patents over the past decade.

Steve Garland was successful lead counsel in The Dow Chemical Company v Nova Chemical Corporation2017 FC 637, which resulted in Dow being awarded $645 million, the largest patent infringement award in Canadian history.

Award winners will be announced at the Benchmark Canada awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday, February 22 2018 at the Intercontinental Toronto.

To see the full list of nominees, please visit the Benchmark Litigation website.

Benchmark Canada is dedicated to covering litigation practitioners and firms across Canada. The results presented stem from the culmination of extensive peer reviews and interviews with Canadian litigators that take place over a four month research period. Over the course of the interviews, recent casework that has been handled by the firms is examined and sources are asked to offer their professional opinions on litigators practicing within their province or practice area(s) across the country.



Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. As leaders in intellectual property and technology law Smart & Biggar has been serving clients for over a century. For more information, please visit smart-biggar.ca.

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