Colin Ingram is a partner in Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh's Ottawa office where he practices in the areas of patent prosecution in the electrical/electronics field, and intellectual property litigation.
Colin's litigation practice spans all areas of intellectual property with a particular focus on patent litigation, including pharmaceutical patent litigation. He has experience in both conventional litigation and litigation under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. Colin has also been heavily involved in leading Canadian cases on the scope of anti-trust claims relating to the use and acquisition of patent rights. He has appeared as counsel in intellectual property matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Colin's client activities involve both small and large clients, including several high-profile pharmaceutical, electronics and online retail companies. Colin works as part of a team that offers range, depth and experience in intellectual property litigation, the legal and technical resources to handle litigation in highly technical subject areas, and the capacity to take advantage of recent intellectual property procedural innovations, including the "trial within two years" initiative of the Federal Court of Canada.
Colin has also spent time working in-house at a large Canadian high-tech company, which aids his understanding of the client's perspective when seeking intellectual property advice.
Colin (together with Steven B. Garland and John R. Morrissey of Smart & Biggar) recently successfully represented Amazon.com in Amazon.com Inc v Commissioner of Patents, 2010 FC 1011, 2011 FCA 328 in what has become a leading case regarding patentable subject matter, including computer implemented inventions and business methods, in Canada. The Federal Court of Appeal decision was recognized as the 2012 Canadian Patent Case of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. The Federal Court decision was recognized as the 2010 Canadian Business Case of the Year, in the January 2011 issue of LEXPERT magazine.
Qualifications — Registered Patent Agent 2001
Registered Trademark Agent 2001
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office