Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar's leading Life Sciences team will be attending this year’s Bio International Convention in Boston, and look forward to reconnecting with colleagues and clients from around the world, as they gather together at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on June 5-8, 2023.

Joining 14,000+ biotechnology and pharma leaders for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. Our team of lawyers and agents will take part in discussions on the current and future state of biotech, including areas like therapeutic frontiers, the business of biotech, regulatory and policy outlooks, and human capital.

The BIO 2023 theme focuses on “Stand up for Science,” and aims to inspire, honor, and recognize the true value of the breakthrough work biotech performs for society, today and every day. 

Attending BIO 2023? 

Look out for and connect with our team, including Principals Lei Liu, Mark Pidkowich and David Schwartz. We look forward to seeing you there.

Lei Liu Headshot
Lei Liu
Principal, Ottawa
Smart & Biggar LP 
Mark Pidkowich
Principal, Vancouver 
Smart & Biggar LP
David Schwartz
Principal, Ottawa
Smart & Biggar LP 

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About Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and technology law and have been serving clients for over a century. Smart & Biggar operates as part of the IPH Limited group, under its own brand and independent from other IPH member firms.