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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 also been named among the world’s “Best of the Best” for trademarks by Euromoney Expert Guides – an honour bestowed to only 30 individuals worldwide and named as Canada’s “Outstanding Practitioner of the Year for Trademarks” by Managing Intellectual Property. 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, Who’s Who Legal, World Trademark Review, The Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He has also been recognized by senior in-house counsel as a stand-out lawyer in Acritas Stars. Surveys, clients and colleagues describe him as “the best bar none” and “the ‘go-to’ lawyer” for trademark law. He has written extensively on IP law, is a frequent speaker and has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School. Fellow of IPIC. Member of INTA. BSc; LLB. Registered Patent and Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, International Trademark Association; member of the Law Firm Committee (2020-2023); 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

(Hall of Fame)

Mark Evans – Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is Canada’s leading IP and technology boutique, leveraging over 130 years in the market and five offices nationally. In Toronto, Mark Evans is a star name for trademark protection, management and counselling, also enjoying a track record in precedent setting disputes, whereas Nancy Pei is a market leader for pharmaceutical patents and litigation, as well as operations within the life sciences sector; the duo are based alongside Matthew Zischka, the firm’s managing partner, Sheldon Hamilton, who leads the litigation group, as well as Mark Biernacki, an up-and-coming partner for all-manner of disputes, including trademark, copyright, patent and industrial design proceedings within the higher courts. The Ottawa office is home to firm chair, Daphne Lainson, as well as Elliott Simcoe who leads the patents, electrical and mechanical group, and Steven Garland who has undertaken all-manner of critical disputes for names such as Amazon, McDonald’s and Shell. François Guay serves as chair of the IP strategy group, operating from the Montreal office, and has notably provided representation in over 100 jurisprudence cases including those with patent, industrial design and copyright elements.