George A. Wowk

Practice Focus

  • Intellectual Property & Technology
    • Franchises and distributorships
    • Technology law
    • Intellectual property protection
    • E-commerce, domain name and internet legal issues
    • Computer and software law
    • Business and IT outsourcing
    • Licensing and technology agreements
    • Technology commercialization
    • Purchases and sales of technology and intellectual property
    • Privacy law compliance
    • Copyright, trade secrets and patents
    • Trade-marks and trade-mark applications
  • Start-Up and Early-Stage Companies

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 1995
  • Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1989

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2000
  • British Columbia 1996

Professional Associations

  • Registered Canadian Trade-mark Agent

Presentations

  • Presenter, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Technology Contracts, Fall 2015
  • Presenter, in 2 of a 5 part seminar series including IP 101: Trade-marks, Trade Secrets & Copyright and Making Money on IP, BD&P Client Seminar, Spring 2015
  • Chair, Legal Education Society of Alberta, Junior Solicitor Business Law Basics, Fall 2015
  • Presenter, Copyright Workshop, Banff Venture Forum Workshop, 2014
  • Presenter, The Three Stages of Life in the Franchise Business hosted by CED in Calgary, September, 2014
  • Presenter, What Investors Want: Intellectual Property & Related Due Diligence Issues, at Innovate Calgary, June 2013
  • Presenter, Making Money on IP: IP Protection, Licensing and Commercialization Strategies, BD&P Client Seminar, June 2013
  • Presenter, IP 101: Trade-marks, Trade Secrets & Copyright, BD&P Client Seminar, April 2013
  • Chair, Intellectual Property Update, Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2011
  • Speaker on Electronics Contracts for Insight, Major Business Agreements Conference, 2011
  • Speaker on Best Practises for Breach Prevention, Canadian Institute, Privacy Law & Compliance, 2011
  • Moderator, Canadian Franchise Association, Western Summit, 2011
  • Speaker on Copyright at Professional Writers Association of Canada, Calgary Chapter, 2011
  • Co-Instructor at Licensing Workshop at Insight's Major Business Agreements Workshop, 2010
  • Speaker on Personal Information Protection Amendment Act at the Canadian Bar Association Privacy Subsection, 2010
  • Speaker on Copyright & Trademarks at Banff Venture Forum Workshop, 2010
  • Speaker on Challenges in the Franchise Relationship at the National Franchise and Business Opportunities Show, 2009
  • Speaker on Privacy Legislation at the Lorman Education Services Conference, 2009
  • Presented on Intellectual Property Issues for Business Lawyers at the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Business Law Subsection, 2009
  • Co-presenter on 10 Cases/10 Clauses at the Licensing Executive Society, Calgary Chapter, 2009
  • Chaired the Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled Business Law: IP Issues, 2008
  • Speaker and author on Intellectual Property in Business Transactions at the Business Law: IP Issues program, 2008
  • Speaker on Distribution Agreements at the Canadian Institute Conference, 2008
  • Speaker on Legal Considerations in Outsourcing at the Canadian Institute Conference, 2008
  • Speaker on Privacy Legislation at the Lorman Education Services Conference, 2008
  • Speaker on Outsourcing Agreement Negotiations at the Federated Press Conference, 2008
  • Speaker on Ecommerce at The Business Link, 2008
  • Speaker on Software Development and the Law at the Calgary Unix Users' Group, 2008
  • Speaker on Considerations in Outsourcing at the Technology & IP Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker on Intellectual Property Law at the Calgary Board of Education Program, 2007
  • Speaker on Privacy Legislation at the Lorman Education Services Conference, 2007
  • Chaired and presented at the Legal Education Society of Alberta program entitled Intellectual Property Update, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer on Technology and the Law at the Student Technology Innovation Challenge held at the University of Calgary, 2005
  • Speaker and contributing author on Outsourcing and Service Provider Issues at the Insight Conference, 2005
  • Chaired and presented at the Legal Education Society of Alberta program Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers, 2004
  • Speaker on Legal Issues Arising in IT Outsourcing at the IT Conference and Technology Exposition Convergence, 2004

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Catholic Charities Feed the Hungry, 2009-2015
  • Director & Parking Committee Chair, Crescent Heights Community Association, 2010-2011
  • Past Director & Vice President Calgary Cerebral Palsy Association, 2006-2010

Professional Memberships

  • Director, Canadian IT Law Association
  • Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section and Forum on Franchising
  • Member, Legal and Legislative Committee, Canadian Franchise Association

Professional & Firm Involvement

  • Leader, Intellectual Property & Technology Business Unit, BD&P
  • Past Member, Continuing Professional Development Committee, Law Society of Alberta, 2006-2009
  • Past Member, Privacy Committee, Law Society of Alberta, 2006-2008
  • Past Director, Calgary Council for Advanced Technology, 2002-2006