Steven Garland

Smart & Biggar - Ontario


55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 900
Ottawa ON, K1P 5Y6

+1 613 232 2486

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Practice area:

Intellectual property

Steven Garland has 30 years of trial and appellate experience in intellectual property litigation. He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, appellate and trial courts for the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, and the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board. He also acts on behalf of innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in respect of patent related matters, including patent infringement actions and proceedings under the PM(NOC) Regulations. In numerous surveys, clients and colleagues have noted him as “an exceptional litigator” and “among the best”. His victory for the Dow Chemical Company netted the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case on infringing revenues of approximately 1B dollars. 

In 2020 Steven was named by Benchmark Litigation as “IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada, in 2018 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers in Canada IP Law, and Canada’s 2013 “Trademark Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Canada. 

Steven is a past president of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), a past president of the Canadian Executive Council for The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), and an adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa Law School. He is a Professional Engineer and a registered Patent and Trademark Agent. 

B.Eng. (Chemical-Biochemical); LL.B. (University of Ottawa). Called to the Ontario Bar in 1992 and the Alberta Bar in 2017.


Updated April 2021