Graham Hood > Smart & Biggar > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Smart & Biggar
1100-150
York Street
TORONTO, ON, M5H 3S5
Canada

Work Department

Trademarks; IP Crime & Anti-Counterfeiting

Position

Partner

Career

Graham is a Partner in the firm’s Toronto office whose practice spans all aspects of trademark counselling, prosecution and litigation. He works with brand owners to build and protect their brands and reputations through trademark clearances and prosecution, as well as opposition proceedings, section 45 cancellation proceedings and section 57 expungement proceedings. He also sits on the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Networks Steering Committee as the firm’s representative and is the Chair of the CACN’s IPR Enforcement Working Group, a small group of lawyers and legal organizations that meet regularly with federal government and law enforcement officials to discuss Canada’s IP strategy and potential reforms to its IP laws and policies.

Graham’s litigation practice covers both the Federal and provincial courts, and extends to actions and summary applications for passing off, trademark and trade-dress infringement, depreciation of goodwill and the sale, distribution and advertisement of counterfeit goods. He also has considerable experience protecting brand owner’s marks online, including across a variety of social media platforms, and has worked with clients to manage and monetize their trademark portfolios through acquisitions, assignments, and licensing and merchandising arrangements.

Graham was named a rising star for trademarks in 2019 and 2020 by Euromoney Expert Guides and Euromoney Rising Stars Awards Americas.

Memberships

  • Member, International Trademark Association; member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2016-2021); member of the Unreal Campaign Committee (2022-2023)
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Education

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.