Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. The firm provides the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. The firm has more than 3700 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.
The firm’s global litigation and disputes lawyers advise many of the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions on complex, high-value and sensitive multi-jurisdictional disputes. With more than 50 offices across the globe, the firm has one of the largest disputes legal practices in the world, with significant experience resolving domestic and cross-border mandates, international arbitrations and investigations and enforcement for clients across all the key industry sectors, including financial institutions; energy, infrastructure and resources; transport; technology; life sciences and healthcare; and consumer markets.
The firm’s lawyers both prevent and resolve disputes by providing clients with practical, creative legal advice that focuses on their strategic and commercial objectives. The firm’s experience includes the full spectrum of dispute resolution and litigation mechanisms ranging from negotiation, mediation, conciliation and conflict resolution to vigorous courtroom strategy, multi-party and class action lawsuits and appellate proceedings. The firm have acted on some of the world’s highest profile domestic and multijurisdictional investigations, including high-profile regulatory inquiries, regulatory enforcement, criminal investigations and prosecutions, and related civil disputes and litigation. The firm is experienced in advising on risk and public relations issues in the context of legal disputes.
The firm have a unique offering of ‘on the ground’ strength, advising clients on disputes issues across emerging markets, including Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, together with deep experience in the mature markets of the United States, Europe, Australia and Canada. Members of the team offer fluent capabilities in more than 20 languages across the globe.
As a key componentof the firm’s disputes practice, its global practice support team provides clients consistent and proven methodology for complying with document preservation and production requirements throughout the course of disputes, assisting in developing case strategies and priorities while managing and reducing costs for clients.
Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada's leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.
We specialize in asserting and defending our clients' IP assets to maximize their return on investments and preserve competitive advantage. Intellectual property rights - from patents, industrial designs and trademarks, to trade secrets, confidential information and copyrights - are critical business assets that need to be aggressively protected and enforced.
In high-stakes litigation, we know what it takes to win and we routinely handle Canada's most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Our lawyers possess a rare combination of successful trial and appellate experience combined with a deeply sophisticated understanding of technical subject matter and analytical expertise - resulting in victories at all levels. From start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, we draw on our vast technical and legal experience to provide creative, effective andcost efficientenforcement and litigation strategies tailored to each client's unique situation and needs.
Smart & Biggar has received Benchmark's Award as Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the Yearfor six consecutive years.Our Practice Group has vast experience and success in all areas of IP litigation, including:
Patent Litigation & Enforcement
Trademark Litigation & Enforcement
Trademark Oppositions & Cancellation Proceedings
Industrial Design Litigation & Enforcement
Copyright Litigation & Enforcement
IP Crime & Anti-Counterfeiting
We know what it takes for our clients to win in high stakes IP litigation.
Some of our representative recent victories include:
Largest reported damages award in Canadian history for patent infringement at $645 million
The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation
Success in the Supreme Court of Canada - Abolishing the "Promise Doctrine" for patents
AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc.
Trial victory to protect Captain Morgan "trade dress" to block competitors and protect brand value
Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
Precedent-setting decision on copyright infringement netting damages of $12 million
Nintendo of America Inc v King
Unprecedented site-blocking order requiring Internet Service Providers to impede access to piracy services
Bell Media Inc. et al v Goldtv.biz et al.
Defended the Pampered Chef “PC Logo” in trademark infringement battle with Canada’s largest retailer
Loblaws Inc v Columbia Insurance Company
Longstanding successful representation for Bauer Hockey in various trademark and patent infringement actions for over 25 years
Bauer Hockey Ltd v Sport Maska Inc dba Reebok-CCM Hockey
For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian full service intellectual property law firm serving clients across all industries around the world. Founded in 1965, the firm has grown to be one of the largest IP firms in Canada with Offices located in major economic and technology centers. Bereskin & Parr is made up of more than 75 lawyers and patent and trademark agents, many of whom are recognized as leading practitioners in their specialized fields. The firm has established a depth of legal talent and systems to service clients in every aspect of patent, trademark and copyright law and IP litigation. The firm and its award-winning professionals are consistently ranked as the benchmark for IP law in Canada.
The protection of IP assets inevitably involves disputes over rights to that property. As a leader in IP law in Canada, Bereskin & Parr has extensive experience in litigation, and the management and effective resolution of such disputes. Our firm’s litigation group advises and acts in all types of IP cases, from simple disputes that require pragmatic negotiation, to major cases. We act for parties both large and small, from individual inventors and start-ups to international companies.
Our litigators have a wide variety of technical backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, electronics and computer-related fields, and are able to efficiently present complex technical cases. Members of the litigation group have expertise in the following areas:
Cannabis: Bereskin & Parr has the breadth of experience to help growers, retailers and marketers protect their intellectual property. Our professionals keep clients abreast of regulations as they are released.
Chemical: The firm has strong technical backgrounds in the chemical and biochemical fields, along with graduate and doctoral degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry and chemical engineering.
Cleantech: The professionals in the Cleantech practice group have engineering and scientific educational backgrounds, and industry experience related to clean and environmental technologies, as well as experience in advertising, packaging green and environmental products.
Electrical & Computer Technology: Professionals in this group are trained as engineers or in the related physical sciences, and have experience with technology companies in technical, business and legal roles, as well as in building and managing valuable patent portfolios for entrepreneurial companies.
Licensing & Transactions: Bereskin & Parr’s licensing and transaction professionals are well-equipped to handle a wide variety of matters, with technical backgrounds and knowledge in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, computer science, electronics, entertainment and new media, as well as a deep understanding of national and foreign IP protection, and drafting and negotiating complex IP agreements.
Life Science: Bereskin & Parr’s specialized Life Sciences practice group brings together professionals with strong scientific backgrounds, which include graduate and doctoral degrees in immunology, organic and inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular and human genetics, and experimental medicine.
Mechanical & Industrial Process: The professionals in this group have a wide range of academic and industry experience, with degrees in mechanical and civil engineering, metallurgy, physics, chemistry and nuclear engineering, and expertise in drafting, prosecuting and licensing mechanical and industrial technologies.
Medical Devices: Our Medical Devices practice group has multi-disciplinary expertise, allowing us to effectively protect our client’s medical technology inventions with highly technical aspects, including mechanical, materials, chemical, electrical and/or software.
Copyright & Digital Media: Bereskin & Parr’s Copyright & Digital Media practice group includes lawyers and agents who have educational backgrounds in technology and computer sciences, as well as in arts and communication and have experience working in the technology, entertainment, information and new media industries, and the educational sector.
Patents: The firm’s Patents practice group have expertise in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines and other technical areas, and assist clients in evaluating inventions and designs, and preparing, filing and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications in Canada, the United States and worldwide.
Regulatory, Advertising & Marketing: The regulatory, Advertising and Marketing practice group provides comprehensive advice on issues relating to the promotion and sale of clients’ products and services, and is committed to keeping clients abreast of the regulatory changes that impact the way they market and advertise their products and services in Canada.
Trademarks:Bereskin & Parr’s Trademarks practice group in one of the largest and most experienced in Canada. This group advises clients on creating and managing worldwide trademark portfolios, trademark disputes, managing domain name registrations and dispute resolution, and coordinating its clients’ Canadian needs with an international strategy.
Quantum Technologies: The Quantum Technologies practice group provides legal, patent and trademark agency services to companies developing quantum computers, quantum sensors, and other related quantum technologies, as well as those using quantum technology to improve existing and create new products.
Artificial Intelligence: The Artificial Intelligence practice group helps companies that are developing AI-based technology protect, license and enforce their intellectual property. The group provides legal, as well as patent and trademark agency services to companies that are developing core AI technology as well as those using AI technology to improve existing and create new products.
TALENTED: Adair Goldblatt Bieber is one of Canada’s leading litigation boutiques. Our commitment to excellence is recognized by our clients as well as our peers in the legal community. Our lawyers receive some of the highest independent ratings in peer reviewed publications, including Lexpert, Best Lawyers, and Martindale Hubell. Many of our lawyers clerked with appellate courts, were medal and prize winners in their educational careers, and had business and industry experience prior to coming to law.
TENACIOUS: We understand that no client wants to be involved in litigation, but it is sometimes necessary to protect their interests or assert their rights. First and foremost, we are trial and hearing lawyers. We use our expertise to move cases quickly and effectively, while advancing principled positions that are important to our clients. We are forceful advocates, expert in ensuring our clients’ voices are heard by judges, arbitrators, tribunal members, and the other side.
TRUSTED: We are trusted by a diverse client base to handle their most sensitive matters including commercial litigation, professional discipline and liability claims, partnership disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability claims, civil claims for sexual assault and harassment, class actions, public inquiries, product liability claims, employment actions, and defamation claims. We are frequently requested by other lawyers to help their clients in situations where they are unable to assist.