Steven Garland is a partner in Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh's Ottawa office where he has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property litigation of all types, including issues relating to patent, trademark, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and competition law. He has acted in many patent litigation matters that have involved a wide variety of subjects, including chemical, biochemical, biotechnological, telephony, mechanical and industrial matters. Steven has appeared as counsel in intellectual property cases at both the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also regularly appears before the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board. He has also been retained as a mediator in intellectual property disputes. A representative list of some of the parties on whose behalf Steven has acted is provided below.
Steven regularly acts on behalf of innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in respect of patent related matters, including patent infringement actions and proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.
Several recent decisions in which Steven has acted as successful counsel have become leading cases and have been lauded by national and international legal publications, including:
Steven is a Past President of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Canadian Group, and a Past 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. Steven is a regular writer and lecturer on intellectual property matters, both in Canada and internationally. He is also a member of the editorial board of the international publication Intellectual Property Magazine. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Steven was a Reservoir Engineer in the Canadian oil and gas industry.
Qualifications — Registered Trademark Agent 1992
Registered Patent Agent 1993
Registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Professional Engineer (Professional Engineers Ontario)