Jason Howg

Jason Howg  


Executive Summary

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.


Representative Work

  • Drafts, negotiates and advises clients on IT agreements and information system agreements for vital computer and software systems.
  • Advises health organizations on multi-million-dollar IT-, IS- and IT-project-related agreements for clinical, hospital and non-clinical systems.
  • Advises clients on significant IT and business-processing outsourcing arrangements in the areas of payroll, HR, financial services and managed services.
  • Drafted and negotiated an Energy Management System (EMS) agreement for a client in the energy industry.
  • Acted as IP lead lawyer for a $2.7-billion transaction involving international IP assets.
  • Led an IP due diligence team for a $250-million purchase of software assets from a leading simulation software company.
  • Drafted, prosecuted and maintained numerous international patent portfolios for clients.

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 in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (Information Technology Law).
  • 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).