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

Smart & Biggar
York Street

Work Department

Trademarks; IP Crime; Anti-Counterfeiting




Graham is a Principal in the firm’s Toronto office and Practice Chair of the Trademarks Group, 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 is listed numerous national and international directories, including The Legal 500, World IP Review Leaders, Benchmark Canada, Euromoney LMG Expert Guides, World Trademark Review 1000, and Lexpert. In 2020 and 2022, he was named a Rising Star in Canada and Trademarks at the LMG Rising Star Awards. BAH and MPA (Queen’s University); JD (University of Ottawa). Registered Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 2012.


  • 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


Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Cannabis

Intellectual property powerhouse Smart & Biggar leverages its firm-wide focus on life sciences, regulatory law, IP strategy, and marketing and advertising to excel in representing cannabis clients on compliance and IP-related issues. As a qualified pharmacist and patent agent, Toronto-based department head Alice Tseng is highly sought after for her life sciences expertise, including cannabis-related matters. Toronto-based Graham Hood is also noted for brand protection and trademark-related work.

Canada > Intellectual property

(Next Generation Partners)

Graham HoodSmart & Biggar

The leading intellectual property boutique in Canada, Smart & Biggar focuses exclusively on IP law from its five offices across the country. The team’s generous national footprint was further boosted in September 2023 following its combination with fellow Canadian IP boutique, Ridout & Maybee, which added an additional 30 lawyers to the group. It also plugs into a significant international platform through its recent membership of the IPH Limited Group, which brings together a network of six firms across nine jurisdictions. In Toronto, Mark Evans is a go-to specialist for contentious and non-contentious trademark matters, while IP litigator Mark Biernacki contributes strong experience in an array of patents, trademarks, copyrights and industrial designs. The Toronto team also includes IP disputes expert Sheldon Hamilton; Yoon Kang, who specializes in life sciences patent litigation and prosecution; life sciences expert Nancy Pei; managing director Matthew ZischkaGraham Hood, who was appointed trademarks practice group leader in August 2023, and Urszula Wojtyra. In Ottawa, key figures include Steven Garland, a 30-year veteran in IP litigation; life sciences patents and chemicals/bio practice group leader Daphne Lainson, who was also appointed in August 2023; Elliott Simcoe, who draws on over two decades of experience in electrical and computer-related matters; and Kohji Suzuki, who utilizes a mastery of strategic IP enforcement. Montreal-based litigator François Guay is also highly regarded. Also in August 2023, Jean-Sébastien Dupont in Montreal was promoted to IP litigation practice group leader and Jonas Gifford was appointed patents engineering and ICT (EICT) head.