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Smart & Biggar adds senior associate

Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 11:24 AM | By John Chunn


Smart & Biggar announced that Colin Climie has joined the intellectual property (IP) firm’s patent practice in Toronto as a senior associate.

According to the firm’s press release, Climie has two decades of experience in IP work. He advises clients on all aspects of patent-related work with a focus on telecommunications. His clients range from local startups to large scale multinational corporations. He also advises foreign associates on their Canadian patent prosecution needs.

Climie has expertise across a broad spectrum of telecommunications areas, including, network routing protocols, unified communication, optical switching, wireless digital communication, data security, cryptography, authentication, user interfaces and computer software. 

After earning his bachelor’s (1989) and master’s (1992) degrees in electrical engineering, Climie worked for the Institute for Space and Terrestrial Science. In this role, he operated a wind imaging interferometer (WINDII) as it orbited the Earth on the side of NASA’s Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite.

He got his start in IP as a technical consultant, where he advised clients on protecting their innovations while learning the skills of patent application preparation and prosecution. In 2003 he earned his certification to practise before the Canadian and U.S. patent offices and transitioned to a career as a patent agent.