- Intellectual Property and Technology
- CleanTech and Clean Energy
- Corporate Finance and Securities
|University ||University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Arts, with Honours, 1994|
|Law School||University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1998|
|Admitted||1999, British Columbia; 2005, Alberta|
Association Title Dates
American Intellectual Property Law Association Member 2013-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Canadian Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Canadian Bar Association, Privacy and Access Law Section
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Member 2012-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2005-Present
Law Society of British Columbia Member 1999-Present
Licensing Executives Society, Calgary Chapter
Licensing Executives Society, Clean Tech Committee, High Tech Sector Member
Richard is a lawyer, Trademark Agent and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP ). Prior to joining Field Law, Richard practiced in Calgary and in Vancouver, B.C. and has worked and studied in the field of IP law, including in the areas of IP licensing, software and patent licensing, IP due diligence, franchise law, technology transfer, digital media law, trade-mark prosecution and dispute resolution, domain name law, internet law, e-commerce law and privacy law.
Intellectual property is never created or used in a vacuum and Richard's extensive experience in corporate and business law matters allows him to advise his clients with a very practical and solutions-oriented approach.
Richard has been a course instructor in intellectual property law for the Masters of Biotechnology class at the University of Calgary, for the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law in Vancouver. Richard has taught Business Law at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Internet Law and New Media at the University of British Columbia and also instructed the course Internet Law - The Law and New Media at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Richard has been invited to speak to a number of industry groups on a variety of topics, particularly in the areas of IP law and privacy law, including to the Vancouver iPhone Forum, the iP3 Forum, the Digital Media Association of Alberta, AWE (Alberta Women Entrepreneurs), UTI (University Technologies International), the BCIT Advanced Research Forum, Annual Conference of Chartered Accountants, the Northern New Media and IT Conference, the British Columbia Internet Association and New Media BC, a Vancouver-based new media industry group. Richard's articles have been published in the Lawyers Weekly, the Canadian International Lawyer and the Journal of Taxation of Financial Institutions. His community involvement has included advising the Law Society of B.C. and the Canadian Bar Association in a pro bono capacity and acting as a director and co-president of a Vancouver-based charity and acting for Calgary-based non-profit organizations.
Richard is the editor of ipblog.ca, the first Calgary-based law blog to focus on intellectual property law, copyright, trade-marks and internet law in Canada. This blog reviews developments in Canadian intellectual property law, including practical information and commentary on intellectual property business issues, technology commercialization and developments in the law, copyright and patent questions, trade-mark law, software and IT outsourcing, and emerging areas including cleantech licensing and app law, with a practical, business-oriented focus.
Leadership and Executive
Volunteer, Pro Bono, and Community Organizations
Organization Title Dates
Pacific Centre for Discipleship Association Co-President 2000-2005
Volunteer / Pro Bono
Our lawyers have a strong commitment to their communities volunteering in a broad range of sectors often in leadership capacities. As a Firm, we recognize, applaud and support their efforts. Below are some of the community, volunteer or pro bono committments Richard has made.
Organization Position Date
University Child Care Centre Society Legal Counsel 2010-Present
Pacific Centre for Discipleship Association Director 2000-2005 Law Society of British Columbia Legal Support 2001-2002
Pacific Centre for Discipleship Association Co-President 2000-2005 Canadian Bar Association British Columbia Legal Support 2001-2002
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law Research Assistant 1997-1998
We are committed to keeping our clients educated and informed on the issues affecting them. The following published works were written, or contributed to, by Richard.
Title Publication Date
Unilateral Changes to Online Terms: Do They Work The Licensing Journal May 2014
Death of a Franchise: Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable? The Advisor February 2014 Supreme Court on Copyright Infringement and Protection of Ideas The Medium February 2014
Tips and Trends in Online Contracting The Medium November 2013 Keeping Secrets: Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements The Advisor October 2013
Software Licenses and Indemnities: What Obligations Are You Taking On? The Medium June 2013 Protection By Design: Industrial Design Law In Canada The Medium March 2013
Trade-Mark Rights: Across the Border & on the Web The Medium March 2013 Outsourcing by Canadian Companies: Another Look at the USA Patriot Act IP/Tech E-Bulletin January 2013
Breach of Online License Agreements and Copyright Infringement Canadian Intellectual Property Review Dec 2012 Intellectual Property Issues in Corporate-Commercial Transactions The Medium April 2012
You Can't Have Clouds Without a Little Bit of Lightning: Cloud Computing in 2012 The Advisor February 2012 Software Licensing and Development: A Case Study The Medium Winter 2012
Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: How can it impact your business? The Advisor Fall 2011 Canadian Trade-Mark Update: .XXX Blocking Process IP/Tech E-Bulletin Aug 2011
Software licensing in the cloud Lawyers' Weekly May 2011 Tips For Software Licensing in 2011 The Medium Spring 2011
Executive Compensation: Looking at the Whole Package The Advisor Winter 2011 CleanTech in Calgary January 2011
The legal implications of app development Lawyers' Weekly November 2010 Tips and Trends in CleanTech Licensing Lawyers' Weekly November 2009
Coca-Cola vs. Pardhan Canadian International Lawyer June 2000
As a service to our clients, our lawyers regularly present at seminars and speaking engagements to audiences in cities across Alberta, the Northwest Territories and North America.
Lecturer / Teaching Positions
The following is a list of lectures, classes, seminars or speaking engagements given or taught by Sharon:
Topic Audience Dates
Lecturer Women in Law
Lecturer Women's Day
Lecturer Canadian Defence Lawyers (Orthopedic Experts)
Lecturer Insurance Women of Edmonton
Lecturer Edmonton Public School Board - Continuing Education
Lecturer Alberta Association of Legal Assistants
Lecturer Canadian Association of Financial Planners
The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Sharon:
Presentation Audience Date
Legislative Changes in 2013 Field Law Clients January 2014
Managing Difficult Diagnoses - Chronic Pain Field Law Clients January 2014
Update on Recent Legislation Field Law Clients November 2013
Joint and Several Liability Field Law Clients May 2013
From Open to Business to Screaming Halt - How to Quantify Downtime Claims Field Law Clients and Guests May 2013
Up in Flames...How to Prevent Spoliation in a Fire Loss Field Law Clients and Guests October 2012
Alberta Insurance Amendment Act Field Law Clients and Guests May 2012
How to Deal With Difficult Counsel Field Law Clients and Guests April 2012
Alberta Rules of Court Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters Annual Convention May 2011
2010 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February 2011
Fire Investigation Course September 2010
Spoliation, Privacy, Privilege Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters May 2010
Spoliation Field Law Clients and Guests May 2010
Spoliation Field Law Clients and Guests May 2010
Insurance Amendment Acts B.C. and Alberta Field Law Clients and Guests September 2009
Alberta and B.C. Insurance Amendment Acts Field Law Clients and Guests April 2009
Alberta Insurance Amendment Act, 2008 Edmonton Insurance Association March 2009
Balancing Work, Home and Community Women in Law March 2009
2008 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests February 2009
2008 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests January 2009
Life After the Cap (Minor Injury Regulation) Field Law Clients and Guests September 2008
Life of a Fire File Field Law Clients and Guests April 2008
Publisher of ipblog.ca, the first Calgary-based law-blog to focus on intellectual property law, trade-marks and internet law in Canada, October 2006 - present.
Interviewed by Maclean's magazine on the topic of online defamation (May, 2009)
Interviewed by Montreal Gazette (January, 2008) on the topic of copyright and digital rights management.
Interviewed by Oilweek Magazine (January 2007) on the subject of IP licensing.
National Post interview on the plan to fast-track cleantech patent applications: Canada plays catch-up on cleantech patents
|Reported Cases||Deals and Cases: The following represents some of Richard's past and present experience: Acted as counsel for the vendor in the purchase and sale of shares of a cloud-computing (software-as-a-service) company; Acted as counsel for health services company in its acquisition by a public company for aggregate consideration of up to $215 million, including the sale of intellectual property to the purchaser for an aggregate purchase price of $55 million in cash; Acting as counsel for borrower in connection with $90 million credit facility including preparation and drafting of closing documents, credit agreement and subsidiary guarantees and security; Licensing and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights, including software licensing, trade-mark licensing, licensing of mobile applications, patent licensing and assignments of IP rights; Advising multinational company on IT outsourcing, including software licensing, customization, technical support agreement and IT services agreement; Acting in negotiation and settlement of disputes regarding ownership of IP rights; Acting in negotiation and settlement of domain name disputes including drafting domain name transfer agreements, and arbitration claims pursuant to dispute resolution procedures; Acting for university tech-transfer office in connection with out-bound licensing of intellectual property rights; Acting for internet-based software service providers in licensing of technology; Advising on and creating national franchise agreements; Trade-mark protection strategies, licensing, assignments and transfers, trade-mark prosecution and re-branding projects for companies with worldwide operations; Advising on website development agreements, online contracting and e-commerce agreements; Acting for multinational oil company in preparation and drafting of closing documents in connection with $45 million amended credit agreement and subsidiary guarantees; Preparation and drafting of documents for $15 million investment in manufacturing company by way of issuance of series of secured debentures; Conducting due diligence review, acting for syndicate of venture capitalists and other private investors in $14.5 million equity financing of biotechnology company, drafting and negotiating shareholder and share subscription agreements; Acting in acquisition and financing of $5.6 million fibre-optic network, and drafting related agreements, including indefeasible rights of use agreements; Establishing security in connection with various transactions, including inventory financing, purchase and sale of real estate, inter-company loans; Preparing and advising on OEM, manufacturing and distribution agreements; Drafting and advising on multi-party joint venture agreements; Acting for companies and shareholders in the negotiation and drafting of shareholders agreements and share subscription agreements; Acting for purchasers / vendors in purchase and sale of business assets and shares, including drafting and negotiation of purchase agreements, conducting due diligence, reviewing and preparing financing documents, obtaining security|
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
Supreme Court on Copyright Infringement and Protection of Ideas
Richard Stobbe, February 20, 2014
Let’s say you pitch a story idea to a TV production company - and not just an idea, but a complete set of storyboards, characters and scripts. You would be surprised if one day you saw that story idea come to life in a TV production that gave no credit to you as the original creator of the...
Keeping Secrets: Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Agreements
Richard Stobbe, October 24, 2013
If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, you have probably encountered non-disclosure agreements or agreements with a similar title: confidentiality agreements, CAs, NDAs or confidential disclosure agreements. These agreements are common in many commercial enterprises and transactions: from...
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