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

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IP Litigation and Enforcement




Steven Garland has over 30 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 “Ottawa Lawyer of the Year for IP” by Best Lawyers, “IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and “Top 50 Trial Lawyer in Canada” by Benchmark Litigation, “Patent Practitioner of the Year” by Managing IP and a “Global Elite Thought Leader in Patents” by Who’s Who Legal. In 2018 and 2019, Steve was honoured with Lexology’s “Client Choice Award” for his leading work in the field of Intellectual Property and Patents, and as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel in Acritas Stars. He was also named “Canadian IP Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2018, “Canada’s Trademark Litigator of the Year” for 2013 by Benchmark Canada, and “Ottawa’s IP Lawyer of the Year” for 2013 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


Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Steven GarlandSmart & Biggar

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.