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.
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.
Qualifications — Residency in Hospital Pharmacy 1978
Registered Trademark Agent 1983
Registered Patent Agent 1987
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office