Canada’s Intellectual Property Firm

Smart & Biggar is pleased to share that several members of our Trademarks team will be attending the 145th International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting, live and in-person, hosting the most influential brand professionals from across the globe and industries at the largest gathering of its kind.

Our INTA team of trademark lawyers and agents is looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues and clients from around the world, as they gather together in Singapore this year to attend the INTA Annual Meeting Live+ from May 16 – May 20, 2023.

Attending INTA? 

Look out for and connect with our INTA team, including Principals Mark Biernacki, Christian Bolduc, Graham Hood, Philip Lapin and Kwan T. Loh.

Mark Biernacki
Principal, Toronto
Smart & Biggar LLP

Christian Bolduc
Christian Bolduc
Principal, Montréal
Smart & Biggar LLP 
Graham Hood
Principal, Toronto 
Smart & Biggar LLP
Philip Lapin
Principal, Ottawa
Smart & Biggar LLP 
Kwan Loh
Kwan T. Loh
Principal, Vancouver 
Smart & Biggar LLP

Smart & Biggar has one of the largest teams for trademarks in Canada. Learn more about our leading team and Trademarks & Brand Protection services in Canada.

Trademarks Webinar Series.

Contentious trademark proceedings: What brand owners should know about defending nd enforcing their rights in the Great White North

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Graham Hood & Laura Easton

Our speakers explore the advantages and disadvantages of Federal Court actions and applications, and highlight the strategies and tactics to deploy in proceedings before the Trademarks Opposition Board (TMOB). 

Fast track your trademark applications in Canada: Expediting Canadian trademarks examination

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Kwan T Loh & Nora Labbancz

Delays at the Canadian Trademarks Office far exceed those of other industrialized countries at the moment. Such delays can negatively impact the rights of applicants. We will explore options available to reduce examination time in Canada.

Trademark & copyright enforcement on the internet: Online marketplaces, social media and the web 

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Mark Biernacki & Daniel Anthony

The Internet has developed into an essential part of virtually every business, from online sales to software as a service, to online marketing. It is critical for business owners to have a basic understanding of how to maintain and enforce their IP rights online and the best practices to implement and reduce risk.

Insights and Recent Articles.

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Failed second bite at the cherry (pie): Federal Court invalidates foreign-language marks filed in bad faith

In the early 2010s, the Applicant Cheung’s Bakery Products Ltd (CBP) successfully prevented the registration of trademarks which were applied for by an entity related to the Respondent Easywin Ltd (Easywin). In the present case, CBP succeeded, as it had in the past, on the basis of its Chinese character trademarks. 

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INTA builds coalition in response to Quebec’s Bill 96

In May 2022, the Quebec National Assembly amended the Charter of the French Language and other related statutes with An Act Respecting French, known commonly as Bill 96. Around Bill 96, INTA – in coalition with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and concerned stakeholders – has been working with the Quebec government to offer input and insight on how to seek clarifications and definitions on matters that affect brand owners and consumers.
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Canadian Trademark Law 2022: A Year in Review

The proverbial brand owner’s guidebook became a little bigger in 2022. Developments in practice opened new avenues for securing and enforcing trademark rights over the past year. This article highlights some of the most important new laws, cases, and practice directions from 2022 that brand owners should be aware of when doing business in Canada.

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About INTA

INTA is a not-for-profit association focused on protecting and promoting the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation, and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights. This year’s annual meeting program will focus on two distinct educational tracks: IP & Innovation and The Business of Brands

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.