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Smart & Biggar
York Street

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Mark Evans is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading trademark lawyers. As a highly respected litigator, he represents many of the world’s most famous brand owners and personalities. Clients seek him out for his sophisticated expertise in trademark protection, management and counselling services to help them strategically build and protect the value of their brands. Mark’s practice spans the entire branding lifecycle and he has been successful in numerous high-profile, precedent setting cases. Mark has twice been selected as Canada’s “Trademark Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Canada, and has been repeatedly selected by The World Trade Mark Review 1000 as the only Canadian for their gold or silver bands of all areas of trademark law and practice: prosecution and strategy, enforcement and litigation and anti-counterfeiting. He has been consistently honoured by a wide range of leading Canadian and international publications, including the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in CanadaChambers Global, and Best Lawyers in Canada. He has also been recognized by senior in-house counsel as a stand-out lawyer in Acritas Stars.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, International Trademark Association; Member of the Law Firm Committee (2020-2021); Member of the Leadership Committee (2016-2019); Member of the Legal Practice Resources Committee; Former Member and Team Leader of the Law Firm Committee; Former Member of the Canada Subcommittee of the Anti-counterfeiting Committee; Former Chair of the Trademark Use Subcommittee of the Internet Committee, Former Sub-Chair of the Internet Committee


  • Queen’s University, LL.B., 1983
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc., 1980;(magna cum laude)

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Canada > Intellectual property

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Mark EvansSmart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is a market-leading IP boutique, with specialists in a full range of IP matters. A top choice for high-stakes disputes, the team acts for rights owners across a huge variety of industry sectors, but has built a particularly strong reputation in the areas of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. François Guay in Montréal is a hugely experienced litigator with expertise covering patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs. Sheldon Hamilton, who heads the litigation group, has particular experience in pharmaceutical litigation, as does Gunars Gaikis in Toronto. Mark Evans heads the Toronto office and is an authority on trademark protection, management and counselling services. Also recommended is Mark Biernacki, who focuses on trademark litigation and prosecution.