Jason Howg is National Leader of our Intellectual Property Group. He is based in Calgary. Jason is also regional leader of the Information Technology (IT) Group, and IT Focus Group. Jason is a lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent. He is also a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).
Jason focuses his legal practice on technology law, particularly advising clients on large-scale and mission-critical IT transactions. These include: software licence agreements, software support and maintenance or development agreements, professional services agreements, hardware purchase agreements, source code escrow agreements, data access agreements, distribution agreements, and consulting and outsourcing agreements. Jason also focuses on health informatics, working on clinical IT transactions and IT information agreements for healthcare providers.
Jason focuses his patent practice on IT technologies and computer-related technologies, as well as software technology and business methods - particularly drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications internationally, conducting patentability searches and preparing patentability, validity and infringement opinions. He also drafts and negotiates IP and technology agreements or IP portions of agreements for large commercial and securities transactions, including patent licences, trademark licences, copyright licences, trade secret licences, transfer agreements and development agreements.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Jason consulted, worked and taught in the IT, computer, software and Internet fields, and taught university-level computer courses.
•Led the Calgary office’s United Way campaign for many years and developed an effective campaign blueprint for his successors.
•Has been involved with many charitable organizations, including cancer research and the MS Society.
•Provides pro bono advice in IP- and IT-related matters. Assisted a health group requiring a review of terms related to the sale of software developed in-house and associated IP matters.
•Instructed the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Bar admission course on IP, and was treasurer and secretary for Southern Alberta’s CBA young lawyers’ and IP sections.
Publications & Presentations
•Presenter, IP Agreements with Employees and Contractors - Common Pitfalls, BLG Employment Law Mini Symposium, May 11, 2016.
•Quoted, Do Patents Enable Innovation or Stifle It ? Alberta Oil, March 17, 2015.
•Author, “Unique Licensing,” Managing Intellectual Property, August, 2012.
•Speaker, “Cloud Computing: Understanding and Managing Risk,” BLG Seminar, 2012.
•Author, “A Primer on Negotiating IT Agreements that Work,” The Lawyers Weekly.
•Speaker, “ Successfully Negotiating Intellectual Property Licence Agreements,” Canadian Institute Conference.
•Interviewed for “Patent Pain,” Canadian Business Magazine.
•Presenter, Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Resource’s Health Informatics Bootcamp.
•Speaker, “ Five Costly Intellectual Property Mistakes to Help Your Client Avoid,” Canadian Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section (Calgary South).
•Panellist, “Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, International Trade and Foreign Investment,” Organization of Women in International Trade.
•Speaker, “Nightmare on E-Street,” Canada E-Business Awards.
•Author, “IT Expands its Reach into Healthcare Delivery,” The Lawyers Weekly, 2009.
•Quoted in “Gone Phishing,” The Lawyers Weekly, 2009.
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized as a leader in life sciences law in both the 2014 and 2013 editions of LMG Life Sciences.
•Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (Intellectual Property).
•Member, IT.Can (Canadian IT Law Association)
•fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
•Member, Licensing Executive Society
•Member, Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Alberta Branch; Member, CBA Alberta South, Intellectual Property/Technology Section
•Past Member, BLG Professional Committee
•Project Sponsor, BLG's cutting-edge BLG U program, a Web portal that is first of its kind in Canada, allowing BLG's professionals and clients to access videos to meet their CLE requirements.