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April/May 2021

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18 FEATURE ROBIC LLP Montreal, Quebec City | Founded in 1892, ROBIC is internationally renowned and has earned a reputation for excellence in intellectual property in Canada. The firm has offices in Montreal and Quebec City and includes more than 180 support staff and highly qualified professionals specializing in intellectual property and business law. The firm's expertise covers IP prosecution, IP enforcement, technology transfer and commercialization. ROBIC's team acts for some of the most well-known global and local brands in a wide variety of technological fields. The firm says its success and reputation is in large part the result of its ongoing focus of tailoring its specialized services to its clients' specific needs. Smart & Biggar LLP Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver | Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading firms for intellectual property. With more than 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents in five offices across the country, it is among the largest national firms specializing in IP and related areas. Well known and trusted by clients for its high quality and excellent service for more than 125 years, Smart & Biggar says it has filed more patent and trademark applications than any other firm in Canada. The firm provides the full range of IP services — from strategy and counselling to trademark and patent portfolio management, licensing and transactions. The firm is also lauded for its considerable strength in IP litigation and deft handling of complex, high-stakes matters. Recent victories for the firm's clients include: record patent damages of $645 million (Dow); abolishing the "Promise Doctrine" for patents in the Supreme Court of Canada (Astra- Zeneca); blocking competitors' use of confusing "trade dress" (Diageo); prece- dent-setting copyright decision and damages of $12 million (Nintendo); and, enforcing copyright as an "architectural work" for a building structure (Lainco). "Peter [at Belmore Neidrauer] is very efficient and responsive, and he knows how to run a trial really efficiently." Diane Yee, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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