Ronald Faggetter is a partner in Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office and past chair of the firm’s executive committee. He also heads Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office patent acquisition group. With over 30 years of experience, he has an in-depth understanding of the electrical and mechanical arts, encompassing technologies such as telecommunications, robotics, computer systems, optics, production line equipment and mechanical control systems. By virtue of representing Canadian clients on the world stage, Mr Faggetter is well versed in approaches to US prosecution that minimise file history estoppel and inequitable conduct.
Mr Faggetter acts as a strategic adviser to a number of Canadian businesses, assisting them in utilising their IP rights to maximise their competitive positions and in avoiding issues involving the IP rights of others. He has also gained considerable experience in crafting patent licences. Clients and colleagues have noted Mr Faggetter’s interest in electrical and mechanical arts and trust him to bring a quarter-century’s patent procurement experience to the table.
As a published author and public speaker, Mr Faggetter has written and lectured on various topics, including the protection of computer-related discoveries, the law and practice relating to patents, and the law and practice relating to industrial designs. He is active in the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and is a past chair of its Patent Legislation Committee. He has been listed annually in Who’s Who Legal: Patents since 2015, in the IAM Patent 1000 for prosecution since 2015 and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for intellectual property since 2010. He is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and a member of its Patent Legislation Committee, is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and serves on the editorial board of World IP Review.