Steven Garland

Partner at Smart & Biggar

Steven Garland has over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in IP litigation. He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, appellate and trial courts for the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, and the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board. Mr Garland has acted in patent matters that have involved a wide variety of subjects, including chemical, electrical, biochemical, pharmaceutical (including proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations), biotechnological, telephony, mechanical and computer/internet subject matter.

In numerous surveys, clients and colleagues have called Mr Garland “an exceptional litigator” and “among the best”. His victory for the Dow Chemical Company netted the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case on infringing revenues of approximately C$1 billion dollars. In 2018 he was named Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers in Canada and in 2013 he was voted Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year by Benchmark Canada.

Mr Garland is a former president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Canadian Group) and a former president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Law School, where he teaches patent law. He is a regular writer and lecturer on IP matters, both in Canada and internationally. He is also a member of the editorial board of Intellectual Property Magazine. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a reservoir engineer in the Canadian oil and gas industry.

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Smart & Biggar
55 Metcalfe Street Suite 900
PO Box 2999 Station D
Ottawa ON K1P 5Y6

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