Rankings & Recognition
Smart & Biggar leads Chambers Canada for Intellectual Property and recognized for IP Litigation, Life Sciences and Cannabis
September 25, 2018

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that the firm continues its rein as a Tier One firm for Intellectual Property in the Chambers Canada 2019 guide. Chambers also ranked Smart & Biggar as one of Canada’s leaders in Life Sciences, and featured the firm’s partner Alice Tseng as a leading lawyer for Cannabis Law.

Chambers published the following quotes in their guide regarding Smart & Biggar:

“Highly distinguished IP and technology-focused firm… featuring a deep bench of practitioners with experience in patent and trade-mark prosecution and litigation.” They also noted our firm’s “Substantial commercial IP expertise, with significant focus on licensing programs” and its work with clients in diverse sectors, including energy, biotech and IT, “the team is frequently called upon by high-profile clients to assist with the development and management of IP assets. 

The firm also received acclaim for its ability to "suggest innovative approaches" while "taking into consideration global factors."  With clients saying the firm "provides a really high level of service when guiding us through complex multiparty litigation."

Listed Leading Lawyers:

Lawyer Area of expertise Comments

Mark Evans Mark Evans

Intellectual Property

Mark Evans has acted for some of the most recognisable household names in Canada. He is highly experienced in trade mark protection and management, and has assisted high-profile clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious issues. Considered as "a great guy" to work with.

Gunars Gaikis Gunars Gaikis

IP Litigation

Gunars Gaikis is regarded by sources as "a great pharmaceuticals litigator" who has "handled some impressive matters." With a strong focus on pharmaceutical and life sciences matters, recent highlights from his practice include assisting with a high-profile appeal with significant implications for patent protection in Canada.

Steven GarlandSteven Garland

IP Litigation

Ottawa-based Steven Garland has long-standing experience representing clients before courts in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. His range of expertise covers patent, trade mark and copyright disputes in addition to trade secret and competition cases. Other practitioners enthuse: "He's really hitting his stride. I think highly of him."

François Guay François Guay

IP Litigation

Described as a "compelling advocate," François Guay has a vast array of experience in litigation involving the full spectrum of patents, trade marks and copyright. Based in Montréal, he is the firm's head of IP strategy and is commended by clients as a lawyer who is "very adept at litigation" and "achieves strong results in the courtroom."

Alice Tseng
Alice Tseng

Cannabis Law

Alice Tseng is identified as a skilled regulatory lawyer by market observers. She is particularly well recognised for her food and drug expertise, with experience advising on issues relating to medical marijuana. One interviewee noted her "excellent knowledge" of healthcare matters.

Smart & Biggar has long been recognized by Chambers & Partners as a leader in Canadian IP law and maintains the title of ‘IP Firm of the Year’ that was awarded to us by Chambers in 2017. We have also been recently honoured by a number of other prestigious awards as Canada’s leader for Intellectual Property law:

  • “Canadian IP Boutique of the Year” – Managing Intellectual Property Awards, 2018
  • “IP Litigation firm of the Year” – Benchmark Canada, 2018
  • “Canadian Firm of the Year” for both contentious and non-contentious patents – LMG Life Sciences Awards, 2018
  • Tops Best Lawyers list for IP with 30 lawyers selected – The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019


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

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