Loudon Owen - Upstream Partners Group Inc
Loudon Owen is a career venture capitalist/investor and lawyer. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, including protecting and monetising property rights through product development, litigation, licensing or sale. As a principal of Upstream Partners Group, he also provides investment capital and manages patent litigation on behalf of clients.
He is a recognised authority in the industry and frequently appears in the media speaking on the topics of patents and patent monetisation. As chair of i4i, he was personally responsible for launching, championing and raising the capital for i4i to enforce its patent against Microsoft. He co-managed the case, which resulted in a $290 million judgment in favour of i4i that was upheld in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and further unanimously upheld before the US Supreme Court in 2011. He also co-founded McLean Watson Capital Inc – one of Canada’s pre-eminent venture capital firms – and is a practising lawyer. Before establishing McLean Watson Capital, Mr Owen and his partner financed and advised Softimage (three-dimensional animation software) in its growth from four to 250 employees, its initial public offering on NASDAQ and its sale to Microsoft. During his tenure as joint chief operating officer, it was selected as one of the Forbes Top 100 Small Companies in the World.
Mr Owen has served on the boards of directors of a host of innovative, IP-centric growth companies, both public and private, and also performs extensive pro bono and trustee work. Mr Owen is a member of the Licensing Executives Society. He holds a BA in international relations and economics (Trinity College, University of Toronto), a JD (Osgoode Hall Law School) and an MBA (INSEAD, France).
- IP management consultancy
- IP-backed lending
- Technology transfer
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