Partner at Smart & Biggar
Alistair Simpson is a partner at Smart & Biggar’s Calgary office. He has been advising clients in IP matters for more than 30 years. His practice encompasses all areas of IP law, including procurement, transactions and exploitation (including licensing), US and Canadian opinion work, and enforcement and defence work (including litigation), with an emphasis on patents.
Mr Simpson has assisted small to medium-sized enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, in procuring patent and other IP protection, conducting freedom-to-operate patent studies, providing patent validity and infringement opinions, exploiting their intellectual property and assisting in the defence of their activities, providing among other services due diligence investigations and the negotiation and drafting of patent and technology licences and other similar types of agreement, and developing robust IP strategies. He has also worked with his clients to develop internal procedures to ensure that IP rights are safeguarded and properly protected. He also has significant experience with trademark and design protection.
Mr Simpson works with clients in industries relating to both high-tech and mechanical subject matter, such as telecommunications systems, industrial machinery and systems including packaging equipment, agricultural equipment, energy-related technologies and medical devices. He is qualified as a lawyer and patent agent both in Canada and the United States, and he provides advice to clients with respect to both Canadian and US patent law.
Mr Simpson has been listed in Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert – Intellectual Property and Who’s Who Legal – Patents. He is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Licensing Executives Society and the IP and Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association.