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With an abundance of expertise in all things patents and in intellectual property more generally, Smart & Biggar offers the full range of services, whether that be devising smart protection strategies to fierce representation in disputes, and robust support on fruitful licensing deals. A testament to which is the comment of one peer: “Of all the IP boutiques on the market, Smart & Biggar has the most comprehensive approach to intellectual property.” It has a constellation of stars on its litigation squad, with François Guay, Jean-Sébastien Dupont and Jeremy Want all shining brightly. They have been working together to represent Bauer Hockey in two infringement cases involving various models of hockey skates and helmets, and Tekna Plasma Systems in an impeachment and non-infringement lawsuit involving atomised metal powders used in additive manufacturing applications. “François’s counsel is sound and practical, and he expertly navigates complex situations.” “Jean-Sébastien is an excellent and worthy opponent, and he is a welcoming partner even when he is working against you.” Want also joined forces with Steven Garland to represent Dow Chemical at the Federal Court of Appeal, which affirmed the Federal Court’s decision to award Dow $650 million in a patent infringement case brought against Nova Chemicals, making it the largest reported patent infringement award. In the words of one source: “Steven is one of the top litigators in the country. He’s simply incredible.” Looking further into the contentious division, Yoon Kang, Ryan Evans, Sheldon Hamilton and Nancy Pei have also been keeping busy. Kang has been defending a well-known Swiss healthcare company under the new PM(NOC) Regulations regarding their generic drug; Evans successfully reduced Arctic Cat’s liability by tens of millions of dollars in a patent infringement case involving snowmobiles, when he challenged the plaintiff’s alleged loss of earnings; Hamilton is advising one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with respect to its Canadian IP interests; and Pei has been supporting an American biopharmaceutical company in navigating the Canadian patent regulatory landscape. Evan Nuttall’s strategic approach ensures that he finds straightforward solutions to complex problems for leading players in the energy and oil and gas sectors; while Gunars Gaikis has been dispensing sage counsel to patrons in the life sciences for over four decades. The firm also serves a primary global prosecution role for patrons, bringing numerous skilled and creative specialists onto the field. It understands the legal and commercial obstacles that in-house counsel face, and employs all the tools in its toolkit to mitigate them. On speed dial for prominent software and electronic rights holders are managing partner Matthew Zischka, Elliott Simcoe, Brigide Mattar, Allan Brett and John Knox. The quintet bring value to their clients’ inventions through well-calibrated portfolio management and technological knowledge, as well as by converting their own experiences into holistic and strategic support. Daphne Lainson, Mark Pidkowich, David Schwartz and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Lei Liu thrive in the life sciences. Lainson is the practice co-chair and a repository of trust for her patrons. Pidkowich strengthens his patrons’ global market positions thanks to his vast insight into foreign territories. “David is a fantastic agent to have by your side. He is extremely knowledgeable and can always be counted on for his vast expertise.” “Lei is really appreciated for his responsiveness and availability to answer questions, as well as his expertise in biotech inventions.” Many of the oufit’s accomplished practitioners also share a passion for commercialisation. Alistair Simpson represents a wide range of leading Canadian and multinational companies in the industrial, high-tech, and oil and gas sector and Theodore Sum marries creativity with precision to effectively guide his clientele through technology transfers, M&A deals and joint ventures.