Welcome to SMITHS IP

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SMITHS IP a boutique firm with more than two decades of experience licensing, litigating, and securing intellectual property. We’ve served clients of all sizes, from start-ups to global brands. In-house counsel, general counsel, and our network of foreign IP associates rely on us for in-depth expertise and knowledge in Canadian IP matters.


We have in-depth knowledge and a broad range of expertise in all matters related to protecting, managing and enforcing intellectual property against infringement.

Our Services


We pride ourselves in our ability to understand our clients’ context and objectives, and in responding quickly. We seek to maximize results efficiently and thoroughly.

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Our seasoned lawyers and agents take the time to learn your business, understand your strategic objectives, and know your resources. This enables us to protect your IP portfolio and maximize outcomes.

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Latest News

Meet Smiths IP's newest stars!

We are excited to welcome Dominique Durosier, Legal Assistant and Christina Saunders, Reception/Office Services to the Smiths IP team.

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Trademark Law Amendments (Canada)

Two omnibus budget implementation bills (Bill C-31 in 2014 and Bill C-86 in 2018) will result in substantial changes to Canada’s trademarks regime.

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Infringing Use as a Defence to Infringement

Can a trademark infringer argue that its own infringing use has rendered the trademark unenforceable?

In Canada, absolutely yes, though the prospects of success in that argument will depend on the facts.  A trademark can become unenforceable if it ceases to be distinctive of the owner (s. 18(1)(b), Trade-marks Act).

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