Yoon Kang > Smart & Biggar > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Smart & Biggar
York Street

Work Department

Pharmaceutical Litigation




Yoon Kang is a principal in Smart & Biggar’s Toronto office and a leader in the firm’s life sciences litigation practice. For over 25 years, she has focused her practice on patent litigation and prosecution, counseling global pharmaceutical innovators and research institutions on all aspects of patent rights, including in small molecules and biologics inventions. She has significant experience as lead counsel, representing pharmaceutical clients before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal in complex patent litigation, including under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations. In 2021, Yoon was named “Patent Lawyer of the Year” at the Euromoney LMG Women in Business Law Americas Awards and in both 2020 and 2021 she was named a “Top Female Legal Practitioner for Life Sciences” by Euromoney LMG Expert Guide: Women in in Business Law. She was also named a “Leading Patent Litigation Practitioner” by IAM Patent 1000, one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property, a ‘Best Lawyer in Life Sciences’ in North America by Euromoney Legal Media Group  and was “Canadian Patent Non-contentious Attorney of the Year” in 2014. She is a Fellow of IPIC, member and former co-Chair of the Patents and Industrial Design Committee of the CBA. BSc (Microbiology and Genetics); MSc (Molecular Biology and Medical Genetics); LLB. Registered Patent & Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member and past Co-Chair of the Patents and Industrial Design Committee, Canadian Bar Association


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Canada > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Yoon Kang – Smart & 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.