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Elliott Simcoe, a principal in Smart & Biggar’s Ottawa office, has over two decades of wide-ranging experience in intellectual property law. His practice is primarily focused on preparing and prosecuting patent applications in Canada and managing the filing and prosecuting of patent applications worldwide in the fields of electrical and computer engineering. His work is primarily conducted for clients based in Canada, Europe and the United States operating in the fields of electrical and computer engineering. He provides frequent assistance to associate firms in the United States with procuring intellectual property protection in Canada. Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada, Expert Guides: Patents,  IAM Patent 100, Who’s Who Legal, and Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars Handbook: Patents and Trademark & Copyright. Fellow of IPIC. BASc (Electrical Engineering); LLB. Registered Patent and Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1996.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, International Trademark Association; formerly, member of the Online Reference Committee
  • Member, Canadian Intellectual Property Office Committee of Intellectual Property Experts (Trademarks and Domain Names)


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Canada > Intellectual property

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.