Cross-border IP law expert receives industry award
Smart & Biggar LLP partner Daphne Lainson received the President's Outstanding Service Award from the American Intellectual Property Association on Oct. 25.
The award is one of the highest awards given to professionals in the IP industry and recognizes individuals’ efforts in advancing the mission of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Smart & Biggar said in a statement.
Lainson is an AIPLA fellow and chairs its food and drug law committee, the firm said. She also previously chaired the AIPLA IP practice in Japan committee, mentoring committee and women in intellectual property law committee.
Within Smart & Biggar, Lainson is the practice leader of the firm’s life sciences practice and plays a major role in client relations management, particularly in key industrial markets, such as the U.S., Japan and Germany.
Lainson holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in chemistry from Queen’s University, according to her profile on the firm’s website. She later obtained a master’s degree in the same field from the same university. She graduated with an LLB from the University of Windsor in 1999 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001. She is also a registered patent agent and a registered trademark agent, and is registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.