Rankings & Recognition
Gunars Gaikis recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2019
November 15, 2018

Gunars Gaikis

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that partner Gunars Gaikis has been named in Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2019, a select and exclusive guide to the world’s foremost lawyers and experts. This special recognition is in addition to Gunars’ listing in Who’s Who Legal guides for Patents and Life Sciences.

Gunars has been described as “one of the best patent litigators since the industry began” and has been recognized as among the leading life sciences patent litigators, an outstanding biotechnology lawyer and as one of the world’s top 30 patent attorneys (Expert Guides).

In describing his career, Gunars says, “I particularly enjoyed working with inventors and experts on interesting science. I was also fortunate to recently have the opportunity to be lead counsel for AstraZeneca in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) which had considerable financial and legal significance. The SCC struck down the patent utility “Promise Doctrine” as “not good law”, an important victory for innovators seeking patent protection in Canada.”

To younger practitioners looking to pursue a career in the life sciences and patent areas, Gunars offers the following advice: “[w]hile it may initially seem complex and a hard grind, a career in life sciences patents is likely to be very engaging and rewarding.”

Through interviews with the practitioners themselves, the Thought Leaders guide aims to shine a light on what puts lawyers and experts at the peak of the profession. They are worthy of special mention owing not only to their vast expertise and experience advising on some of the world’s most significant and cutting-edge legal matters, but also their ability to innovate, inspire, and go above and beyond to deliver for their clients.


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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