Sheldon Hamilton > Smart & Biggar > Vancouver, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Smart & Biggar
BOX 11560

Work Department

Pharmaceutical Litigation




Sheldon Hamilton is one of Canada’s leading patent litigation lawyers. For twenty years, Sheldon has acted as counsel for many of the world’s most innovative companies, successfully protecting their commercially valuable IP assets. He is a partner in Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office and leads the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Sheldon has extensive trial experience focusing on issues of patent infringement and validity and damage quantification. He’s praised by clients as a “pharma whiz” for his expertise in pharmaceutical litigation, appearing as both trial and appellate counsel, including in proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations.

Sheldon is consistently recognized by prestigious Canadian and international publications, includingLexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers In CanadaBenchmark CanadaThe Best Lawyers in CanadaWho’s Who Legal: CanadaWho’s Who Legal: PatentsWho’s Who Legal: Life Sciences, LMG Life SciencesIAM Patent 1000IAM Patent Litigation 250IAM Life Sciences 250 and Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Patents. He also writes and speaks on intellectual property issues and is actively involved with professional organizations. He is a Fellow of IPIC and a member of AIPPI. BASc (Chemical Engineering); LLB (Toronto). Registered Patent and Trademark Agent.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; former member of the Litigation and Forums & Seminars Committees
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); member of Amicus Brief Committee (Q. 221)
  • Member and Former Director, The Advocates’ Society; Former Vice Chair, Finance and Audit Committee


Ontario Bar, 1992
Registered Patent Agent, 1996
Registered Trademark Agent, 1995
University of Toronto, LL.B., 1990
University of Toronto, B.A.Sc. (Chemical Engineering), 1987

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

Smart & Biggar, a market leading IP boutique, leverages a vast domestic network which is spread across its offices in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver; it supports clients on the full suite of IP and technology services, with particularly formidable expertise in patent and trademark application filings, as well as IP litigation. François Guay chairs the firm’s IP strategies group from its Montréal office and has broad, high-level experience across patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and trade secrets. Sheldon Hamilton is a leading patent litigator, particularly noted in the pharmaceuticals industry, and heads the contentious offering. Life sciences is the focus for Nancy Pei, while Graham Hood is a standout name for trademark prosecution, notably sitting on the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Networks Steering Committee. Recent highlights have included several high-profile cases at the Federal Court of Appeal, most notably the successful defence of Pampered Chef in the precedent-setting trademark infringement case of Loblaws Inc v Columbia Insurance Company, a matter co-led by Mark Evans, Mark Biernacki and Ottawa-based Steven Garland. Named lawyers operate from Toronto unless otherwise stated.