James W. Hinton: Owner & Founder
James Hinton is the founder of Own Innovation and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies. In addition to being an IP lawyer, he is both a patent and trademark agent before the Canadian IP Office, and works directly for Canadian companies with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
He is also a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, where he studies IP and innovation policy. Jim also has a background in mechanical engineering, and worked in heavy truck manufacturing and fiberglass project management, before law school. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University (Go Marauders!) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto.
Jim loves to talk about IP – he is an assistant professor at Western University where he teaches engineers all about IP. He's also a huge advocate of pro bono (free!) legal services and work with entrepreneurs locally and nationally at incubators and accelerators on IP and IP strategy. Finally, he works closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s Innovation initiatives and Canada’s national IP strategy.
Kent Howe: Intellectual Property Lawyer
Kent’s practice focuses on building and executing on IP strategies for high-growth Canadian tech companies including patent drafting and prosecution, trademark filing and prosecution, and technology contracts. Kent has assisted clients in various areas with a particular focus on emerging technology fields such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain, clean technology, biotechnology and medical devices, data asset systems, and nanotechnology.
Prior to joining Own Innovation, Kent was VP legal and director of intellectual property at a Canadian AI company. Kent uses his experience to help clients adopt a strategic approach to IP that is cognizant of the various factors and concerns that drive intracompany decisions. He has a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from the University of Western Ontario and a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University.
Kent is also an experienced club volleyball coach. He has coached both girls and boys teams of various ages, enjoying success at many levels of play including a national championship.
Caitie O'Flynn: Intellectual Property Specialist and Patent Agent Trainee
Caitie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph and her Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario. She then worked in-house at a Canadian wearable tech company as an Intellectual Property Specialist.
Caitie focuses on patent drafting, patent prosecution, and patentability searches.
Sanj Shivakumar: Intellectual Property Lawyer
Sanj’s practise focuses on all matters relating to intellectual property including patent drafting and prosecution, trademark filing and prosecution and assisting clients with IP strategy and management. He is also familiar with licensing, data privacy and trade secrets. He assists clients in various areas such as augmented reality, optical devices, financial technology and cannabis products.
Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2018, Sanj articled at one of Canada’s leading intellectual property firms in Toronto. Sanj is a graduate of the Canadian and American Juris Doctor program at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Biochemistry from McMaster University. Sanj has worked as a cancer researcher and contributed to peer-reviewed publications prior to starting his legal career.
Rachel Wang: Patent Engineer and Intellectual Property Specialist
Rachel Wang obtained her bachelor’s degree in Architecture Environment and Equipment Engineering (HVAC) from the Nanjing Tech University and a master’s degree in Project Management from the Nanjing University in China. She then received her second master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Wind Energy) from the Western University. Rachel has extensive expertise in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Engineering Management through her experience working in a Hong Kong-based utility investment company as an engineering manager in China.
With a practice focussed on patent protection, Rachel regularly conducts patentability searches, patent prosecution, and patent landscaping.
Kit Kreider: Intellectual Property Manager
Kit has more than 10 years of experience in intellectual property administration. With a background at both international law firms and boutique intellectual property operations, he has extensive experience managing worldwide IP portfolios, deep knowledge of practices and procedures, and a drive to provide clients with excellent service.