Litigation Intellectual Property Lawyer

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Smart & Biggar has been at the forefront of IP and technology law for over 100 years.  We practice in every area of IP on behalf of an exceptional international clientele, and we are consistently ranked as Canada’s leading IP firm.  We are committed to hiring people with different backgrounds and experience, who represent the best talent in their field.

The litigation practice of our Montreal office has been growing rapidly over the last few years and is now responsible for a large portion of all non-pharma IP litigation with no less than six (6) trials scheduled just in the next 2 years. We are seeking an Intellectual Property Lawyer to join our litigation team involved in some of the most important cases in Canada. Working directly with our Montreal office Managing Partner, you will tenaciously defend and assert our clients’ IP assets, which are at the heart of their businesses, against their competitors. You will regularly work with professionals who possess expertise in patents, trademarks and litigation. The right candidate will find many opportunities to learn and grow within our Firm. This position is a great fit for experienced lawyers wishing to grow their IP practice and learn new skills.


Qualifications & Experience:


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is essential
  • Legally entitled to practice law in Canada and a member in good standing with the Quebec provincial bar
  • Minimum 1-3 years of Intellectual Property or Commercial litigation experience
  • Technical scientific background considered an asset
  • Experience with the Federal Courts is also considered an asset
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities in both French and English
  • Strong business acumen


The ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of relevant IP and legal principles
  • Sees the “big picture”; analyzes problems thoroughly and capably; interprets jurisprudence and legislation to look at issues in a novel way and applies these skills to provide solutions and advice
  • Maintains integrity, professionalism and high ethical and personal standards
  • Acts as a strategic advisor by asking questions and diligently approaching clients’ matters to understand their business needs, including to help solve unexpressed needs
  • Delivers superior client service and is responsive to clients and stakeholders needs and expectations
  • Ability to make complex or abstract ideas or situations clear and understandable.
  • Confidently structures written and oral communications in a clear, concise and articulate manner
  • Demonstrates willingness to propose and try new, innovative approaches
  • Stimulates an environment that fosters creative thinking and solutions
  • Draws on resources from across the firm, where possible, to provide the highest level of service to clients
  • Brings positive energy to work teams and the office


Located in the heart of downtown, close to transit and amenities, Smart & Biggar offers a comprehensive total rewards package including:


  • A competitive compensation structure based on transparency, clarity and fairness
  • A flexible benefits program
  • Personal days to help balance personal and professional commitments
  • Family friendly policies including a 35-hour workweek
  • Employee referral program

Smart & Biggar is a proud member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN), working to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal profession. We welcome application from all qualified individuals. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


Smart & Biggar is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s 2019 Top Small and Medium Employers. Find out why!


We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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