Smart & Biggar Expands Presence in Western Canada by Opening Calgary Office

Mar 17, 2014, 08:45 ET from Smart & Biggar

TORONTO, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Smart & Biggar, Canada's largest intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce that it is opening an office in Calgary, Alberta. "This is an exciting period of growth in intellectual property in Western Canada, and the move to open an office in Calgary is a natural fit for the firm and reflects our long-standing commitment to Alberta and Western Canada", says John Bochnovic, firm Chair.

Heading up Smart & Biggar's Calgary office will be Alistair Simpson.  Alistair has been a partner at Smart & Biggar for 15 years and has over 25 years of experience in all areas of intellectual property law.  Alistair is called to the Bar of Alberta, and his practice includes patent, trade-mark, and design protection and has a particular focus on patent exploitation and defence activities (including related advisory work and litigation); negotiating and drafting patent and technology licenses and related agreements; and assisting companies with intellectual property strategies to increase revenues and shareholder value. His background in civil engineering, and focus on both high technology and mechanical subject matter, is a natural complement to Alberta's innovation sector.  Alistair has been recognized by Best Lawyers as one of Canada's leading intellectual property lawyers, has been selected by IAM Patent 1000 as one of the world's leading patent practitioners, and is recognized in IAM Licensing 250 as one of the world's leading patent and technology licensing lawyers.

"Smart & Biggar has been assisting clients in Western Canada for over a century", says John Knox, a partner of the firm's Vancouver office.  "With a presence in Calgary, we will be able to further assist our existing clients and other innovative companies in the region, to strategically grow and strengthen their intellectual property portfolios through our sophisticated understanding of IP issues and our unparalleled depth and breadth of technical experience".

The firm's Calgary office will open on March 31st, 2014 and enhances Smart & Biggar's position as Canada's largest intellectual property law firm.

Smart & Biggar has repeatedly been recognized nationally and internationally as Canada's leading IP firm, and we are proud to work alongside Canada's and the world's most innovative businesses to protect, exploit and defend their IP rights in Canada and throughout the world. For more information, please visit our website:

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