Steven Garland > Smart & Biggar > Ottawa, Canada > Lawyer Profile

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IP Litigation and Enforcement




Steven Garland has over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in intellectual property litigation. He has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, appellate and trial courts for the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia, and the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board. He also acts on behalf of innovator pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in respect of patent related matters, including patent infringement actions and proceedings under the PM(NOC) Regulations. In numerous surveys, clients and colleagues have noted him as “an exceptional litigator” and “among the best”.  His victory for the Dow Chemical Company netted the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case on infringing revenues of approximately 1B dollars. Most recently, Steve was named “IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and “Top 50 Trial Lawyer in Canada” by Benchmark Litigation. In 2018, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Fellow and past president of IPIC. Member and past president of the Canadian Executive Council for AIPPI. Adjunct Professor at uOttawa Law School. BEng (Chemical-Biochemical); LLB. Registered Patent and Trademark Agent. PEng. Ontario Bar, 1992.


  • Fellow and past President, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; Vice-Chair of the Self-Governance Committee
  • Member and Past President of the Canadian Group, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); Chairman of the Q199 Attorney-Client Privilege Committee; Member of the Programme Committee
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association


  • University of Ottawa, LL.B., 1990
  • University of Western Ontario, B.Eng. (Chemical-Biochemical), 1985
  • Professional Engineer (Professional Engineers of Ontario);

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Steven GarlandSmart & 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.