At Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, we understand the diverse technology fueling innovation in the energy sector.  We recognize that strategic and effective intellectual property protection for energy development and exploitation requires an interdisciplinary scientific approach, and a sophisticated understanding of the competitive landscape for the technology.  This is why members of our energy team have advanced degrees spanning mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, chemistry, electronics, software, physics and biotechnology, as well as relevant practical experience in these areas.  We have the expertise, knowledge and experience to safeguard your competitive position by providing unparalleled IP counsel.

We are trusted advisors to some of Canada and the world’s most innovative companies relating to energy, including in the fields of: 

  • Oil and gas
  • Solar energy
  • Biofuels and biomass processing
  • Wind energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Nuclear energy
  • Hydroelectric power
  • Wave and tidal energy

We have secured and advised our clients on patent and other forms of IP protection for all aspects of energy-related innovation, both on-shore and off-shore, and upstream and downstream, including:

  • In-situ oil and gas extraction
  • Downhole tools and devices
  • Seismic exploration and mapping, and reservoir modeling
  • Distillation and separation technologies
  • Chemical treatments
  • Catalysts
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Fuels
  • Fuel cells
  • Environmental remediation technologies
  • Reservoir engineering

We are regularly called upon to help clients develop and implement IP management and strategy in support of their business objectives and corporate strategy, including to:

  • Create significant competitive advantages through effective IP strategies
  • Protect inventions through patent drafting and prosecution
  • Acquire and license new technologies
  • Manage their intellectual property portfolios, locally and globally
  • Complete due diligence investigations and freedom-to-operate investigations
  • Enforce and defend their rights in intellectual property litigation
Primary Contacts
Alistair Simpson
Barrister and Solicitor, Patent and Trademark Agent

Phone: 587.887.9997
Theodore Sum
Vancouver, Calgary
Barrister and Solicitor, Patent and Trademark Agent

Phone: 604.682.7780
Daphne Lainson
Barrister and Solicitor, Patent and Trademark Agent

Phone: 613.232.2486
James Jun Pan
Barrister and Solicitor, Patent and Trademark Agent

Phone: 416.593.5514
Stephan Georgiev
Patent Agent

Phone: 514.954.1500
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