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Smart & Biggar
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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. 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

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Mark EvansSmart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar, a market leading IP boutique, leverages a vast domestic network which is spread across its offices in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver; it supports clients on the full suite of IP and technology services, with particularly formidable expertise in patent and trademark application filings, as well as IP litigation. François Guay chairs the firm’s IP strategies group from its Montréal office and has broad, high-level experience across patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights and trade secrets. Sheldon Hamilton is a leading patent litigator, particularly noted in the pharmaceuticals industry, and heads the contentious offering. Life sciences is the focus for Nancy Pei, while Graham Hood is a standout name for trademark prosecution, notably sitting on the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Networks Steering Committee. Recent highlights have included several high-profile cases at the Federal Court of Appeal, most notably the successful defence of Pampered Chef in the precedent-setting trademark infringement case of Loblaws Inc v Columbia Insurance Company, a matter co-led by Mark Evans, Mark Biernacki and Ottawa-based Steven Garland. Named lawyers operate from Toronto unless otherwise stated.