Chris Woodland is a business and technology lawyer who advises business organizations – from sole proprietors to global corporations – on various matters including corporate structuring, agreements for procurement, distribution, corporate finance, leasing, licensing, intellectual property commercialization (and franchising) and mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
Chris also has significant experience with First Nations’ economic development initiatives – on and off reserve.
Chris is a registered trade-mark agent who prepares and prosecutes trademark, certification mark and “official” mark applications, and acts for clients on trade-mark acquisition, sale and licensing arrangements. He also provides advice on opposition and infringement proceedings.
Chris’s experience in intellectual property and technology includes work on international software development and licensing agreements, publication of literary and musical works, and the development and commercial deployment of entertainment properties. He regularly drafts, and advises on, memorandums of understanding and confidentiality agreements relating to emerging technologies, trade secrets and other proprietary information.
- Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce – Director
- Sask Film and Video Development Corporation – Chair (since 2011); Director (since 2010)
- Aurora Soccer Club Inc. – Director (since 2011)
- Licensing Executives Society (US and Canada) – Member (since 2010)
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – Associate Member (since 2006)
- CBA (Saskatchewan) Business Law North – Chair (2004-2006)
- Persephone Theatre – Director (2000-2004), Vice-President (2003-2004)
- “Drafting an IP Licensing Agreement” webinar, a co-presenter for the CBA’s Skilled Lawyer Series Program
- Lex Mundi Intellectual Property World Desk Reference – Saskatchewan contributing author.
- “Corporate Knowledge” in The Business Advisor (a five-part intellectual property series).
- “eCommerce Primer”, CBA (Saskatchewan Branch), Technology Law North Section (2010).
- “Intellectual Property Considerations in Construction and Industrial Projects”, Planning For Success on Industrial and Infrastructure Projects in Saskatchewan (MLT Seminar, 2009).
- “The New 2008 CCDC 2 Stipulated Price Contract”, The Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues (Lorman, 2008).
- “Industry Standard Agreements” with Linda Widdup, Planning For Success on Industrial and Infrastructure Projects in Saskatchewan (MLT Seminar, 2008).
- “IP Law Basics: Copyright and Trade-mark”, CBA (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (2007).
- “Corporate Governance Best Practices for Non-Profit Boards”, Saskatchewan Heavy Industry Association (2006).
- “Canadian Copyright Law”, Editor’s Association of Canada (2005).
- “Patents, Trade-marks and Technology Transfer”, University of Regina, College of Engineering (2005).
- Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada – Intellectual Property Law; Information Technology Law (since 2011)