Gunars Gaikis - Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Gunars Gaikis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 416-593-5514

Gunars Gaikis is one of Canada’s premier and most experienced life sciences intellectual property litigators. He is a partner in Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office, and has more than 25 years of experience in the highly specialized field of pharmaceutical patent, trademark and related litigation.

He has been described by independent IP lawyers’ reviewers as “one of the best patent litigators since the industry began”, an “IP Star” and a “Life Science Star”. He has been recognized as amongst the world’s leading life sciences patent litigators, as an outstanding biotechnology lawyer and as one of the top thirty patent attorneys in the world, amongst his many accolades.  He has appeared as lead counsel in numerous intellectual property cases before the Ontario, Federal and Supreme courts.

Gunars was counsel in the first cases commenced under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations in 1993, and over the past 20-plus years has continued to represent innovators in numerous precedent setting decisions in NOC and related litigation. He has also shaped the law through his trial and appellate work in pharmaceutical patent litigation. His work includes protection of IP assets relating to esomeprazole, omeprazole, ramipril, lisinopril, trastuzumab, ciprofloxacin, ranitidine, naproxen and doxorubicin, to name a few.

He also regularly counsels clients in pharmaceutical patent procurement, data protection, PMPRB, IP lifecycle management and drug regulatory matters, and provides invaluable pre-litigation advice and due diligence.

Gunars also has extensive expertise in pharmaceutical trademark and passing off cases, and has succeeded in obtaining preliminary injunctions in such trademark cases in both the Ontario Superior and Federal Courts.

As a licensed pharmacist and having completed a residency program in clinical pharmacy, Gunars is very familiar with medical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical matters, including the relevant regulatory issues. This background coupled with his in-depth expertise in complex life sciences patent litigation make Gunars an invaluable asset to clients operating in these fields.

Additional Information

  • Residency in Hospital Pharmacy 1978
  • Registered Trademark Agent 1983
  • Registered Patent Agent 1987
  • Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • University of TorontoOsgoode Hall Law School of York University
    Intellectual Property Institute of CanadaPharmaceutical Trade Marks GroupAmerican Intellectual Property Law AssociationCanadian Bar AssociationLSIPR Newsletter

    Office Location

    1100-150 York Street
    Toronto, ON M5H 3S5

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2017 Lawyer of the Year in Biotechnology Law of the Toronto Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Biotechnology Law of the Toronto Metro Area
    Gunars Gaikis has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Gunars Gaikis has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

    Practice Areas

    Biotechnology Law (Litigation)
    Intellectual Property Law (Biotechnology, Litigation, Patent)