Nancy Pei > Smart & Biggar > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Smart & Biggar
York Street

Work Department

Pharmaceutical Litigation, Life Sciences Regulatory & Compliance




Nancy Pei is a partner in Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office. With hands-on experience as a pharmacist and over 20 years of patent litigation expertise, Nancy has established a successful IP practice focused exclusively in the field of life sciences—including pharmaceuticals and biologics. As a patent litigator, Nancy advocates on behalf of innovative life sciences companies in cases relating to the PM(NOC) Regulations, in patent infringement/impeachment actions, s. 8 cases, related quantification reference proceedings and judicial review applications. She has represented clients before the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She also provides advice on matters relating to patent listing, data protection, Certificates of Supplementary Protection, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board and access to information requests. Nancy is named as a leading Life Sciences legal practitioner in The Best Lawyers in Canada, LMG Life Sciences, Who’s Who Legal, MIP IP Stars: Patents, IAM Patent 1000, and Expert Guides: Women in Business LawPatents and Life Sciences. BSc (Pharmacy); LLB. She is a Pharmacist, Patent and Trademark Agent and Lawyer. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society


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Canada > Intellectual property

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Nancy PeiSmart & Biggar

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.