Mark Evans, managing partner of Smart & Biggar's Toronto office, is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading trademark lawyers and litigators.
Representing many of the world's most famous brand owners and personalities, clients seek him out for his sophisticated expertise in trademark counselling, strategy, management, and enforcement/litigation services to help them strategically build and protect the value of their brands.
Mark has significant experience in all aspects of trademark law including trademark and trade-dress litigation, brand selection and clearance, trademark prosecution, oppositions and cancellations, and licensing and merchandising.
Mark has successfully litigated many commercially important and precedent-setting trademark cases, both at trial and on appeal, and he has twice been selected as "Trademark Litigator of the Year" by Benchmark Canada. At the forefront of the Canadian trademark profession, he was named in 2020 as Canada's Outstanding Trademark Practitioner' by Managing IP as well as a 'Global Elite Thought Leader in Trademarks' by Who's Who Legal. Mark is listed annually in Acritas Stars, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, Who's Who Legal: Canada, World Trademark Review 1000, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada and MIP's IP Stars Handbook: Trademark & Copyright. Surveys, clients and colleagues describe him as "The best bar none" and "The 'go-to' lawyer" for trademark law.
Mark has written extensively on IP law, is a frequent speaker and taught trademark law for several years at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a registered patent and trademark agent and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986.