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Smart & Biggar

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55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
P.O. Box 2999, Station D
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Y6

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Canada's intellectual property law firm.
Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property, and with over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents in five offices, we are also the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.
We have a storied history and tradition of providing the highest quality of IP advisory services and have filed more patent and trademark applications than any firm in Canada.  Our decades of experience in intellectual property, combined with our deep knowledge and expertise across a wide range of technologies and industries, allows us to provide clients with clarity on opportunities and solutions to leverage and maximize IP.
No other firm can claim a stronger track record of victories in intellectual property litigation for its clients than Smart & Biggar. We pride ourselves on providing clients with the rare combination of successful trial experience, deep subject matter expertise and sophisticated and practical skills and analysis.

Trusted by the world’s leading companies and innovators. 
At Smart & Biggar, we have the honour of working with many of Canada’s and the world’s most important innovators and brand owners. We continuously invest in our client relationships, and many of our clients have entrusted us with protecting, enforcing and commercializing their IP rights for over a half-century.
We are proud to have supported our clients on the road to market leadership — from start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations, as well as innovators at universities and other research institutions – advising them on their most critical and complex IP matters.
Whether we are advising an innovative manufacturer on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we always ensure that our clients receive the full benefit of our unrivaled IP experience and expertise.

We not only find value, we create it.
Since 1888, we have helped our clients find value in their intellectual property rights. We remain devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets, and advising clients on how to uncover and maximize available opportunities.
New ideas are conceived daily. At Smart & Biggar, we are committed to providing expert counsel and guidance to safeguard our clients’ competitive position and help them build and enforce strategic intellectual property and technology rights that will create more value for their business.


Daphne Lainson
Chair of the Firm
Matthew Zischka
Firm Managing Partner, Chair of Executive Committee

Law Firm of the Year Awards

  • Intellectual Property Law in Canada (2021)
  • Intellectual Property Law in Canada (2018)

Top Listed National Awards

  • Top Listed in Canada in Biotechnology Law with 8 lawyers

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Ontario, Canada in Biotechnology Law with 7 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Toronto in Biotechnology Law with 5 lawyers

"Law Firm of the Year"

Law Firm of the Year Badge for 2021 Canada
Law Firm of the Year Badge for 2018 Canada
Smart & Biggar has received the following "Law Firm of the Year" accolades. Only one firm in a practice area is awarded this top honor each year:
  • Canada's "Law Firm of the Year" awards:
    • Intellectual Property Law - 2021
    • Intellectual Property Law - 2018

Firm Practice Areas

  • Advertising and Marketing Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Cannabis Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Technology Law

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Calgary, AB

Burns Building, Suite 301

237 8th Avenue, SE

Calgary, AB T2G 5C3



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British Columbia

British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

2300-1055 West Georgia Street

P.O. Box 11115

Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3



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Ottawa, ON

55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900

P.O. Box 2999, Station D

Ottawa, ON K1P 5Y6



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Toronto, ON

150 York Street, Suite 1100

Toronto, ON M5H 3S5



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Montréal, QC

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