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Smart & Biggar
York Street

Work Department

Pharmaceutical Litigation




Urszula Wojtyra practices in the field of life sciences, including pharmaceuticals and biologics, and is a key member of the firm’s litigation team. Urszula represents innovative pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in patent litigation. Drawing on her advanced technical expertise and her incisive courtroom advocacy skills, she offers clients effective long-term strategic planning for their complex litigation matters. She regularly represents clients in patent infringement and validity actions, including under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations, before both the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada. Urszula advises clients on regulatory due diligence, regulatory compliance issues and has broad expertise in regulatory matters in Canada. Prior to attending law school, Urszula obtained her Master in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and worked in an immunology research laboratory in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Urszula has been recognized as a leading lawyer for IP and Biotechnology Law by Best Lawyers, a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation,  Euromoney LMG Expert Guides, is a Lexpertranked lawyer for IP, IP Litigation, Health Sciences, and Biotechnology Law, and was previously awarded the “Rising Star: IP” award in 2018 at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards by Euromoney LMG. In 2022 she was awarded the “Top Author for Life Sciences” award by JD Supra. She is an associate of IPIC, and member of the Women in IP Network and the Competition Law Committee. BSc; MSc; JD. Called to Ontario Bar in 2008.


  • Associate, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; member of the Competition Law Committee; member of the Women in IP Network
  • Member, Toronto Intellectual Property Group
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society


Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

(Next Generation Partners)

Urszula WojtyraSmart & 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.