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Smart & Biggar hires four new associates

Tuesday, September 01, 2020 @ 2:33 PM | By John Chunn

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 12:23 PM


Intellectual property (IP) law firm Smart & Biggar announced that Michal Zielinski and Emily Miller have joined its Vancouver office while Etienne-Lacroix Couillard has joined the Montreal office and Walter Chan will be working from the Ottawa office.

According to the firm’s press release, Zielinski’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and providing clients with strategic advice on issues related to aviation, software, computers, manufacturing, construction, robotics, electrochemistry and metallurgy.

With degrees in materials engineering and medical science, and up-to-date knowledge of new technologies and scientific discoveries, he is able to work with and advise on even the most complex and cutting-edge sciences — particularly those that are heavily dependent on an understanding of solution thermodynamics (e.g., cryobiology, oil and gas, polymer science).

Miller’s practice spans both litigation and transactional matters involving patents, copyright and trademarks. She regularly drafts motions and written arguments before the courts, as well as materials pertaining to IP licensing and commercialization. 

Miller completed her articles in the Ottawa office before going on to serve as a judicial clerk for Justice Mary J.L. Gleason at the Federal Court of Appeal.

Chan’s practice focuses on patent prosecution, opinions and counselling in chemical, pharmaceutical and clean technology. He has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications, performing patentability and invalidity analyses and assisting with patent litigation and regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining Smart & Biggar, Chan completed his juris doctor at the University of Toronto. He also obtained a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva.

Lacroix-Coulliard will work with the firm’s litigation practice group in Montreal.

He works with clients in a wide range of sectors — including motion picture and broadcast, restaurants and hospitality and sporting goods.

His practice focuses on copyright, patent and trademark protection. He regularly drafts written arguments and presentations of motions before the courts and engages with local, national and international clients.

Editor’s note: This article has been changed to clarify at which office Walter Chan will based.