Intellectual Property Lawyer, Canada



George A. Wowk

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
2400, 525 - 8th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2P 1G1

Tel:   (403) 260-0130
Cell:  (403) 370-5277
Toll Free:  (888) 370-5277
Fax:  (403) 260-0332

Email: gwowk@bdplaw.com
George A. Wowk is a lawyer at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and he has been practising law since 1996. He practises in the areas of technology, intellectual property, Internet and franchise law.

George's intellectual property law practise encompasses the protection and commercialization of intellectual property. As well, George assists with the purchase and sale of intellectual property.

George advises on securing intellectual property protection, whether it be patents, trademarks, copyright or trade secrets.

As well, George advises on commercialising intellectual property. This includes the use of intellectual property by organisation in the course of its business as well as the licensing of intellectual property by an organisation for its use.
 

 

Intellectual Property Law Practise

    George provides legal advice in all areas of intellectual property. Some of the areas are listed below:

    Areas
    • Intellectual Property Purchases and Sales
    • Intellectual Property Commercialization
    • Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Trade Secrets
    • Intellectual Property Licenses
    • Financing with Intellectual Property Assets
    • Intellectual Property Infringement Analysis
    • Intellectual Property Due Diligence
    • Intellectual Property Audits
    • Title Clearance for Television Production
    • Intellectual Property Protection and Management
    • Intellectual Property Development Agreements
    • Biotech Agreements
    • Multimedia Works
    • Domain Name Disputes
    • Intellectual Property Escrow Arrangments
    • Trade Secret Protection
    • Data Licenses

 

 

Education

    University of Alberta
    • Degree: Bachelor of Laws, April 1995
    Simon Fraser University
    • Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours), April 1989
    • Computer Science Cooperative Education Program (four terms)
    Professional Development
    • Insight Conference - Negotiating Licensing Agreements
    • Continuing Legal Education - Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Simon Fraser University - The Securities Program
    • Canadian Securities Course

 

 
The purchase and sale of intellectual property can involve a number of steps, including the negotiation and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement, due diligence on the intellectual property being purchased and the transfer of the intellectual property.

George assists with the negotiation and drafting of many intellectual property agreements including patent licenses, trademark agreements, intellectual property purchase and sale agreements, intellectual property escrow agreements, intellectual property development agreements, research and development agreements, data licenses, trade secret agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

George also assists with the resolution of diputes. This may include negotiating settlements and drafting settlement agreements.
 

 

Presentations

Canadian Bar Association,
Alberta Business Law Subsection
- George was a guest presenter at the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Business Law Subsection. He presented on "Intellectual Property Issues for Business Lawyers". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Licensing Executive Society,
Calgary Chapter
- George was a co-presenter at the Calgary Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society. He presented on 10 Cases/10 Clauses.

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Business Law: Intellectual Property Issues". A copy of the program brochure can be found at the following link:
George presented on "Intellectual Property in Business Transactions". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Banff Venture Forum - George was a speaker at the "Back to Basics: IP Assets as Building Blocks of Value" workshop. This Banff Venture Forum workshop was hosted by Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer. One of his topic was "Copyright". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Banff Venture Forum - George was a speaker at the "Back to Basics: IP Assets as Building Blocks of Value" workshop. This Banff Venture Forum workshop was hosted by Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer. One of his topic was "Trade Secrets". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Calgary Technologies Inc. - George was a speaker at the "Lunch and Learn" hosted by Calgary Technologies Inc. The topic was Confidential Information. A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Banff Venture Forum - George was a speaker at the "Papering the Dream" workshop. This Banff Venture Forum workshop was hosted by Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer. One of his topic was "Intellectual Property Rights: What Investors Want". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Canadian Institute Conference
Negotiating & Drafting Key Business Agreements
- George was a speaker at the "Negotiating & Drafting Key Business Agreements" conference hosted by the Canadian Institute. His topic was "Distribution Agreements". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Canadian Institute Conference
Negotiating & Drafting Key Business Agreements
- George was a speaker at the "Negotiating & Drafting Key Business Agreements" conference hosted by the Canadian Institute. His topic was "Legal Considerations in Outsourcing". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Lorman Education Services
Document Retention and Destruction in Alberta
- George was a speaker at the "Document Retention and Destruction in Alberta" conference hosted by Lorman Education Services. His topic was "Privacy Legislation". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Federated Press
- George was a speaker at the "Negotiaing and Drafting Major Business Agreements" conference hosted by Federated Press. His topic was "Outsourcing Agreement Negotiations". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Calgary Unix Users Group
- George was a speaker at the Calgary Unix Users Group and spoke on "Software Development and the Law". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Canadian Bar Association,
Alberta Technology & Intellectual Property Law Subsection
- George was a guest presenter at the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Technology & Intellectual Property Subsection. He presented on "Considerations in Outsourcing". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Intellectual Property Update - 2006". A copy of the program brochure can be found at the following link:
George was also an instructor of the Licensing Workshop. A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Student Technology Innovation Challenge
University of Calgary
- George was a Guest Lecturer at the Student Technology Innovation Challenge which was held at the University of Calgary. His topic was Technology and the Law. A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

CEO/CFO Certification
Insight Information Co.
- George was a speaker and contributing author at this Insight conference. His topic was "Outsourcing and Service Provider Issues for Certification". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers". Information on this program can be found at the following link:
George also presented on the topic of "Intellectual Property in Business Transactions". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

Project Management Institute of Southern Alberta - George was a speaker at the Project Management Institute of Southern Alberta dinner meeting. A description of the meeting can be found here:
A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:

IT Conference and Technology Exposition
Convergence 2004
- George presented at this Technology Exposition and his topic was "Legal Issues Arising in IT Outsourcing". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:
 

 

Papers

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Business Law: Intellectual Property Issues". A copy of the program brochure can be found at the following link:
George was also an instructor of the "Intellectual Property in Business Transactions" session. A copy of the paper can be found at the following links:

Confidential Information - George wrote on confidential information and non-disclosure agreements. The brochure found at the following link:

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Intellectual Property Update - 2006". A copy of the program brochure can be found at the following link:
George was also an instructor of the Licensing Workshop. A copy of the paper can be found at the following links:

CEO/CFO Certification
Insight Information Co.
- George was a speaker and contributing author at this Insight conference. His topic was "Outsourcing and Service Provider Issues for Certification". A copy of the paper can be found at the following links:

Legal Education Society of Alberta - George was the Chair of a Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled "Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers". Information on this program can be found at the following link:
George also presented on the topic of "Intellectual Property in Business Transactions". A copy of the paper can be found at the following links:

Canadian Privacy Law Review
LexisNexis Canada Inc.
- George's paper entitled "Privacy Issues in Corporate Transactions" was published in the Canadian Privacy Law Review. A copy of the paper can be found at the following link:

IT Conference and Technology Exposition
Convergence 2004
- George presented at this Technology Exposition and his topic was "Legal Issues Arising in IT Outsourcing". A copy of the presentation can be found at the following link:
 

 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Alberta, Continuing Professional Development Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
 

 

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