Rankings & Recognition
Smart & Biggar lauded for ‘firepower’, ‘client focus’ and ‘make-or-break disputes’ by WTR 1000
February 1, 2019

Smart & Biggar continues to be recognized as an industry leader with ‘gold tier’ ranking for Canadian trademarks in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.  The firm was also recognized for Anti-counterfeiting.

Acclaimed as a “gold-studded outfit [in] a premier position to handle absolutely anything related to intellectual property”, the firm is lauded for its “firepower” on the non-contentious side with the team “putting themselves in their clients’ shoes to provide commercially sound counsel” and on the contentious side as a place where “make-or-break disputes are the meat and drink”.

In total, six Smart & Biggar partners are recognized across enforcement and litigation, anti-counterfeiting, and prosecution and strategy:

Christian Bolduc    Mark Evans    Steven Garland

Christian Bolduc
Prosecution and Strategy

Known for offering “first-rate service” and clients appreciate that he “gets straight to the point”.


Mark Evans

Enforcement and Litigation
Prosecution and Strategy

Noted as having achieved “tremendous success” for his clients.


Steven Garland

Enforcement and Litigation

Lauded for his client victories and as an “excellent litigator.”

Francois Guay   Philip Lapin   Keltie Sim Luft

Francois Guay

Enforcement and Litigation

Revered as “a force to be reckoned with,” continues to be recommended for


Philip Lapin

Prosecution and Strategy

Praised as a “dependable choice for safeguarding brand identities. From the outset he devises strategies that will work in the long term.”


Keltie Sim Luft

Prosecution and Strategy

Known for being “diligent in her work” and “the care she has for her clients [which] is reflected in the relationships she has built.”

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 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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