James E. Longwell
James Longwell is a lawyer, patent and trademark agent in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG. Jim is currently the head of the Intellectual Property department in Toronto and is a past leader of the firm's national Patents Group. He is also a member of the firm’s Tech Group and China Initiative.
Jim practises in all areas of IP law, particularly as it applies to computer and information technologies. He advises startup companies, small businesses, universities and large corporations on IP strategy, including acquisition, protection, exploitation and enforcement issues. He is also involved in Canadian and foreign patent, trademark and industrial design procurement, primarily preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to computer software, hardware, telecommunications, medical devices, housewares and business methods.
In addition to IP law, Jim provides strategic analysis and advice to business owners and investors for various transactions, including financing, joint venture, technology procurement, development and commercialization transactions.
Jim's past activities include:
- Preparing and prosecuting patent applications for computer-related inventions including wireless devices, wireless network infrastructure, enterprise computing, web development and middleware applications for leading software and hardware companies.
- Providing strategic advice in respect of secured financing transactions involving intellectual property assets for a large telecommunications equipment developer and manufacturer.
- Conducting freedom-to-operate analyses, examining competitive patent portfolios in advance of a national service offering by a telecommunications service provider.
- Preparing and advising on information technology commercial agreements, including technology and web development, data collection, management and protection, maintenance and support, and various licensing agreements.