Our People

Our partners, associates, agents, and support staff comprise a seasoned team of IP professionals and talented litigators who will work with you to build and execute an intellectual property strategy.

Paul Smith (Senior Partner)

Paul Smith

Senior Partner

The founding partner of SMITHS IP is a McGill graduate who speaks both French and English. Paul has been recognized for his achievements practicing Intellectual Property Law in Canada.

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Dana Turner-Ryan (Partner)

Dana Turner-Ryan


Dana is a University of Alberta graduate with degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Law. She prepares and prosecutes patent, trademark, industrial design, and copyright applications.

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Lawrence Chan (Partner)

Lawrence Chan


Lawrence studied at the University of British Columbia, where he received his Science (Honours in Biochemistry) and Law degrees. He can also provide services in Cantonese.

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Mihaela Hutanu (Trademark Agent)

Mihaela Hutanu

Trademark Agent

Mihaela represents clients before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the US Patent & Trademark Office. Her international clients include individuals, companies, and law firms.

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Andy Chow (Associate)

Andy Chow


Andy received his Science (Honours in Physiology) and J.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia. He previously worked as a Combat Engineer in the Canadian Forces Army Reserve for over a decade.

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Carina Umali (Dynamic Operations Manager)

Carina Umali

Dynamic Operations Manager

Carina is responsible for the firm’s business and administrative function. She holds a degree in Nursing from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

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Our Admin

Allison Kehler

Legal Assistant

Niru Gnanenthra

Legal Assistant

Linda Lee


Preet Khabra

Legal Assistant

Sylvia Li

Legal Assistant