Partner at Smart & Biggar
François Guay is the managing partner in Smart & Biggar’s Montreal office. He has over 35 years of in-depth IP litigation experience and is among the most experienced IP litigators in Canada. Mr Guay has appeared before the Courts of Québec and the Federal Court of Canada. His case work in Marlboro Canada Limited v Philip Morris Products SA and Bell Canada v 1326030 Ontario Inc dba ITVBox.net was recognised with the 2012 Milestone Case of the Year Award from Managing Intellectual Property.
Mr Guay has argued many cases that have resulted in leading jurisprudence in the fields of patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets and computer-related technology. More than 250 of the cases in which he has been involved have been reported in Canada. He has a vast amount of experience with extraordinary recourses such as interim or interlocutory injunctions, seizures before judgment, and anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy matters.
Mr Guay was named Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada in 2013 and 2014, and IP Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in 2011. He is also listed in the Lexpert/ALM 500 Guide, the Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Guide, Expert Guides: Leading Patent Law Practitioners and Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, Chambers Global & Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Patents, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, the WTR 1000 and Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Trademark & Copyright.
Mr Guay is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the International Trademark Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and the International Wine Lawyers Association.