Philip Lapin is a partner in Smart & Biggar's Ottawa office. He is the Chair of Smart & Biggar's Trademark Operations Group and is recognized as one of Canada's leading trademark lawyers. With more than 20 years of experience, Philip is responsible for managing and providing strategic advice concerning the trademark portfolios for many Canadian and multinational corporations.
Philip has handled the clearance, prosecution and registration of thousands of trademarks, and has particular expertise in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademarks Office. In addition, Philip files, prosecutes and advises clients with respect to all aspects of Canadian industrial design law and practice.
Philip was an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa's engineering school for many years, teaching trademark law to non-lawyers. Philip is also a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of trademark-related topics.
Among his other accolades, Philip is listed in World Trademark Review 1000, Euromoney's Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Law Practitioners and Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars Handbook: Trademark & Copyright.
Philip is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and former chair of the Trademarks Practices Committee. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association, the Non-traditional Marks Committee and the Canadian Bar Association. He is a former member of the Canadian Trademark Agent Examination Board, 2010–2013 term, and is a registered Patent and Trademark Agent.
Philip attended Queen's University and earned his B.Sc. Hons. in Computer Science. He completed his B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill University. Philip was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. He is a Registered Trademark Agent (1995), a Registered Patent Agent (1998), and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.