In this ongoing series, we will profile each of the members of the OBA IP/ IT Law Section Executives to learn about them in five minutes or less. It’s five minutes or less because we know that a lot of you docket in six minute increments!
Name: Abigail Smith
Who is Abigail Smith? Hello! I’m a Member-at-Large on the OBA IT/IP Law Executive and a Senior Associate practicing life sciences intellectual property and regulatory law at Smart & Biggar LLP in Toronto.
Why did you choose IP/IT and what would you tell a young lawyer entering the IT/IP field? Prior to studying law I completed degrees in biochemistry and chemistry and entered law school largely resolved to work at the intersection of law and science. My IP courses were among those I enjoyed the most so the decision to pursue IP professionally was easy.
I would tell young lawyers entering the field to dive in! Grab every opportunity and learn as much as you can: work with profs, participate in moots, talk to practitioners, attend conferences, etc.