Paul Armitage Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1998 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2779

Fax: +1 604-443-5644

Email: paul.armitage@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver




Paul Armitage

Paul Armitage is a partner who can help you achieve your goals in technology commercial transactions. Based in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office, Paul has over fifteen years of experience practising in the fields of technology licensing, channel distribution, outsourcing and procurement, life sciences collaborations, privacy law, cloud computing, e-commerce, anti-spam and anti-spyware (CASL) compliance, data security, and commercial contracts.

Paul has extensive experience in the life sciences, information technology, telecommunications, financial services, and health industries, as well as in infrastructure and facilities projects, both for private and public sector clients.

In serving clients, Paul puts to use strong transactional legal skills, including client service, negotiation, drafting complex agreements, project management and problem solving.

*Practising through a Law Corporation

Media coverage

Paul's commentary and insights on technology law are frequently sought by the media. His recent coverage includes:

  • "Cybersecurity Liability Comes to the Boardroom," Lexpert magazine, October 2015, by Sandra Rubin
  • "Clickable agreements have consequences - they're about to get worse," National Post, September 16, 2014, by Drew Hasselback
  • "Canada's Tough Anti-Spam Law Catches U.S. Cos. Off Guard," Law360, June 27, 2014, by Allison Grande
  • "Balancing Act," Lexpert magazine, April 2014, by Brian Burton

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      October2015
      LMG Life Sciences 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      LMG Life Sciences 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      August2013
      LMG Life Sciences 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013, recognized in the area of Technology Law
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory 2012, repeatedly recommended lawyer in the area of Biotechnology
  • 1998

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1998
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 1997

    • Education
      1997
      University of Victoria, LLB
  • 1994

    • Education
      1994
      McGill University, MA
  • 1990

    • Education
      1990
      McGill University, BA

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Quoted in Lexpert Magazine article entitled "Cybersecurity comes to the Boardroom," October 2015
  • "Intangible Business Assets I - Confidential Information & Trade Secrets," CLE TV - Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, September 29, 2015
  • Legal Marketing Association, Vancouver Chapter: "Living with CASL - Post Legislation," Vancouver, November 20, 2014
  • Accelerate Okanagan: "Canada's Anti-Spam Law: Compliance for Business Owners," Kelowna, May 13, 2014
  • Pacific Business Law Institute: "Regulatory Developments Impacting Fundraising: Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation," Vancouver, May 8, 2014
  • Licensing Executives Society: "Top 5 Trends in Life Sciences Licensing Deals for 2013," Calgary, October 17, 2013
  • Insight: Major Business Agreements, "Technology Law and Related Transactions," Vancouver, September 27, 2013
  • Gowlings, in association with the Association of Corporate Counsel Canada, "Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Organization Against the Digital Age's Greatest Threat," Vancouver, June 19, 2013
  • Licensing Executives Society: "Top 5 Trends in Life Sciences Licensing Deals for 2013," Vancouver, May 10, 2013
  • Osgoode Professional Development: "Key Issues in Privacy and Information Management Series - Protecting Privacy in Cloud Computing," webinar, December 5, 2012
  • Federated Press: 6th Managing Privacy Compliance Course, "Workshop: Privacy and Confidentiality in Cloud Computing," Vancouver, November 20, 2012
  • BioAlberta: "Licensing 2012 - Trends and Issues," Edmonton and Calgary, September 25, 2012
  • Lexpert: "Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: A Very Wide Objective, A Very Wide Swath," Toronto, May 28, 2012 and Vancouver, May 18, 2011
  • Canadian Bar Association: "Cloud Computing Contracts," Vancouver, May 15, 2012
  • Life Sciences BC: "Licensing - 2011 Trends and Issues," Vancouver, June 16, 2011
  • BioAlberta: "Commercializing Successfully and Profitably," Edmonton and Calgary, June 9, 2011
  • Canadian Bar Association: "Technology Outsourcing: Best Practices from the Perspectives of Customer and Service Provider," Vancouver, May 6, 2011
  • Licensing Executives Society: "Licensing - 2011 Trends and Issues," Vancouver, March 16, 2011

Insights & Resources

  • Counsel to a global financial institution on its contracting for employee benefits for its Canadian operations
  • Counsel to a credit union institution on its anti-spam (CASL) compliance and policy
  • Counsel to a biotechnology company in a collaborative partnership for the manufacture of RNA medicines
  • Counsel to a crown corporation in the negotiation of a master e-games and services agreement to provide an e-gaming platform for a Canadian province
  • Counsel to a financial institution in the renegotiation of an existing services agreement for an up to $200-million data centre outsourcing; the procurement process was done in parallel with three proponents
  • Counsel to a telecommunications supplier in the negotiation of an up to $200-million contract for the build and deployment of fiber-to-the-premises for a Canadian province
  • Counsel to a life sciences licensee in the negotiation of a long-term, intellectual property-intensive clinical trial and option agreement with a U.K. cancer research facility, with payments of up to $80 million in milestones plus royalties
  • Counsel to a life sciences licensee in the negotiation of a long-term, intellectual property-intensive license agreement with a U.K. cancer research facility, with payments of up to approximately $280 million in milestones plus royalties
  • Co-counsel to a life sciences buyer in the negotiation of an up to $18 million asset purchase agreement to acquire and develop the biotechnology assets of a Danish company
  • Counsel to a developer in the negotiation of a license and development agreement for the supply of software cores for silicon chips
  • Counsel to a crown corporation in the negotiation of agreements for approximately $8.5 million in hardware, software, and wide-area secured network services for digital signage
  • Counsel to a life sciences licensee in the negotiation of a long-term, intellectual property-intensive license agreement for biotechnology, with payments of up to $3.8 million in milestones plus royalties
  • Counsel to a bank with respect to a country-wide e-commerce project for online banking services
  • Counsel to a credit union in the negotiation of an up to $18-million software license and services procurement for the acquisition of a core banking system
  • Co-counsel to a life sciences company in the negotiation of a $4-million asset purchase agreement for the sale of its nutraceutical business to a U.S. buyer, including a competitive bidding process among prospective buyers
  • Counsel to a credit union in the negotiation of a $2-million contact center systems agreement
  • Counsel to a bank in the negotiation of a master agreement to acquire mobile wireless voice and data services and devices for 4000 users
  • Counsel to a financial institution in the negotiation of an approximately $7-million master services agreement and statement of work for the acquisition of an electronic records management system
  • Counsel to a financial institution in the negotiation of a $6-million business process outsourcing agreement, including application hosting and facility management services
  • Counsel to a financial institution in the negotiation of a master services agreement for offshore software development services