Philip Lapin

Philip Lapin

Smart & Biggar

Recognized since 2016

Ottawa, Ontario

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law

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Philip Lapin is recognized as one of Canada's leading trademark lawyers, and is the Chair of the firm's Trademark Practice Group. With more than 20 years of experience, Philip is responsible for managing and providing strategic advice concerning the trademark portfolios for many Canadian and multinational corporations.

Philip has handled the clearance, prosecution and registration of thousands of trademarks, and has particular expertise in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademarks Office.

In addition, Philip files, prosecutes and advises clients with respect to all aspects of Canadian industrial design law and practice.

Philip is the author of the "CANADA" section of the INTA Country Guides.

Philip was an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa's engineering school for many years, teaching trademark law to non-lawyers. Philip is also a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of trademark-related topics.

Philip was awarded the Marie F. Morency prize for obtaining the highest mark in Canada on the patent drafting examination.


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


  • McGill University, B.C.L./LL.B., graduated 1992
  • Queen’s University, B.Sc. Hons. (Computer Science), graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, Ontario, 1995
  • Ontario, Ontario, 1995

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:

  • Intellectual Property Law

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It’s Official: Options for Challenging “Official Marks” in Canada

by Jamie-Lynn Kraft and Philip Lapin

“Official marks” are a strangely obscure corner of Canadian intellectual-property law. What are they, what explains their strength and what can a business owner in search of a trademark do to challenge them?

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