Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is proud to have been
recognized with two prestigious awards by the UK publication
Managing Intellectual Property (MIP). The firm was chosen
as the 2016 Canadian Specialty IP Firm of the Year
and as the Canadian Trademark Contentious Firm of the
The awards were presented at MIP's 2016 North
America Awards ceremony, held on March 17th, 2016 in Washington,
D.C. The ceremony recognizes excellence in the global IP industry
and was attended by IP practitioners from across Canada and the
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh has long been recognized by
MIP as a leader in Canadian IP law.
Keltie Sim Luft, Chair of Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh
said "We are delighted to be honoured once again by
Managing Intellectual Property. We are very proud of this
award, and it is especially gratifying as we have been investing
heavily to ensure that we continue to provide and support clients
with innovative Canadian IP solutions and services that are second
to none. Whether we are successfully handling "bet the
company" IP litigation in Canada, or cost-effectively acting
as a trusted advisor in Canada by managing valuable IP portfolios
on behalf of the world's most successful businesses and foreign
associate law firms, our goal is to elevate even further our
standard of service for our clients from around the world. We
certainly won't be resting on our laurels."
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh has also been honoured in
2016 by a number of other prestigious awards as Canada's leader
in IP law, including:
Chambers Global named Smart &
Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh as a leading/Band 1 firm in Intellectual
Property Law and said that "The lawyers are extremely
smart and hardworking". No other Canadian-only IP firm
received this honour.
For the second consecutive year in a row, Benchmark Canada named Smart &
Biggar as the "Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the
World Trademark Review 1000-The
World's Leading Trademark Professionals once again
bestowed their highest ranking upon the firm and stated that Smart
& Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh is home to "brilliant lawyers
who have a range of skills" and "has done much
to help shape the trademark landscape through the ground-breaking
cases it has brought before the Federal Court and the Supreme
The results of MIP's North America Awards were
based on extensive interviews with global in-house IP and business
leaders. Data from these interviews was the culmination of
MIP's research for its World IP Survey in the United
States and Canada.
MIP was founded in 1990 and is now firmly established
as the leading international magazine for IP owners.
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