Rankings & Recognition
Smart & Biggar honoured to be shortlisted for six North America awards by Managing Intellectual Property
February 13, 2014

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that the firm has been shortlisted for six awards at Managing Intellectual Property’s 2014 North America Awards:

  • Canadian Specialty IP Firm of the Year
  • Canadian Patent Contentious Firm of the Year
  • Canadian Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year
  • Canadian Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year
  • Canadian Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year
  • François Guay for Outstanding Canadian IP Practitioner

We are proud of this recognition and wish to congratulate our partner, François Guay who has been recognized.

The awards will be announced at a ceremony to be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, DC.

To see the full list of nominees, please visit the Managing Intellectual Property website:
http://www.managingip.com/Article/3308822/Managing-Patents-Archive/Managing-IP-North-America-Awards-shortlist-announced.html

Last year, the firm received the Canadian Trademark Milestone Case of the Year award for its success in the Federal Court of Appeal decision in Marlboro Canada v Phillip Morris, 2012 FCA 201. Marlboro Canada Limited and its related company, Imperial Tobacco Canada Limited (collectively "ITL") was successfully represented by François Guay, Steven B. Garland and Geneviève M. Prévost of Smart & Biggar.

In 2012, the firm was chosen as the Canadian Specialty IP Firm of the Year and Canadian Patent Contentious Firm of the Year. The firm also received the Canadian Patent Case of the Year award for its success in the Federal Court of Appeal decision in Amazon.com, Inc. v. Commissioner of Patents, 2011 FCA 328. Amazon.com was successfully represented by Steven B. Garland and Colin B. Ingram of our Ottawa office.

In 2011, the firm was chosen as the Canadian IP Firm of the Year, Canadian Trademark Prosecution Firm of the Year, the Canadian Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year and was also honoured as having successfully handled the Canadian Case of the Year for the Federal Court’s decision in Amazon.com Inc v Commissioner of Patents, 2010 FC 1011

In 2009 and 2010, the firm was named Canadian Copyright Firm of the Year. Also in 2009, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh was named Canadian Trade Mark Contentious Firm of the Year.

The results of the Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards were based on extensive interviews with in-house IP counsel and business leaders. Data from these interviews was the culmination of MIP's research for its World IP Survey in the United States and Canada in which Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh was ranked as a Tier One firm in all four categories of intellectual property law.

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