Oyen Wiggs is consistently looking to bring more expertise to our clients to better serve them and their intellectual property law needs. It is with this in mind that we are pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2022, the professionals and staff of the Vancouver IP firm SMITHS IP will join Oyen Wiggs, bringing more innovative solutions to meet the legal needs of clients in British Columbia, Canada and globally.
“Our clients are inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, creators with vision,” said Gavin Manning, Oyen Wiggs Partner. “They aren’t satisfied with the status quo, and neither are we. The addition of the SMITHS IP team maintains the growth and momentum Oyen Wiggs’ has experienced over the past few years. Our lawyers have complementary strengths and combined, we will continue to offer market leading capability in intellectual property including patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, trade secrets, computer and internet law, technology transfer and licensing, and related litigation.”
The decision to incorporate the team from SMITHS IP reflects the cultural compatibility of the lawyers and their shared vision to always maintain a client-centric focus. Four SMITHS IP lawyers (Paul Smith, Lawrence Chan, Karen Chow, Garth Leslie), one trademark agent (Mihaela Hutanu), and four staff will be joining the Oyen Wiggs team.
“The SMITHS IP team have long known the Oyen Wiggs firm and its members, and we are genuinely proud to join their team” said Paul Smith, senior partner of SMITHS IP. “We will continue to provide at Oyen Wiggs the same IP litigation, advice and prosecution services that we always have.”
Established in 1977, Oyen Wiggs is a Vancouver-based independent intellectual property boutique law firm. Within the legal industry, numerous Oyen Wiggs lawyers are consistently ranked in the area of Intellectual Property law by Lexpert and Best Lawyers and the firm was recently selected by the Canadian Law Awards as one of the Excellence Award recipients in the category of “IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year”.
SMITHS IP is a highly regarded Intellectual Property firm based in Vancouver and Paul Smith is ranked by external rating organizations, including Best Lawyers. After 26 years of service to the profession and to their clients, SMITHS IP will be wound down.