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Kohji Suzuki is a principal in Smart & Biggar’s Ottawa office. His practice is highly diverse and covers all areas of intellectual property with particular emphasis placed on trademarks and mechanical patents. Kohji calls on almost 25 years of experience in counselling clients on the strategies for acquiring, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights. He has worked primarily with large multinational corporations based in Canada, the United States and Japan. Kohji’s current work in the procurement and maintenance of intellectual property rights is supported by an early career focus on patent and trademark litigation before the Ontario and Federal Courts. He is listed in Euromoney’s Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Law Practitioners, Lexpert, MIP IP Stars, Who’s Who Legal, World IP Review Leaders, World Trademark Review 1000, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is a Fellow of IPIC, member of INTA (including involvement in many committees over the past two decades) and the Canadian Group of AIPPI. Registered observer of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association. BSc (Mechanical Engineering, Gold Medal); LLB. Registered Patent and Trademark Agent. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1997.


  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, International Trademark Association; former member of the Design Rights Subcommittee of the Related Rights Committee (2016-2019); former member of the International Classification Subcommittee of the INTA Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee
  • Registered observer, Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • Member, Canadian Group of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)


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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.