James W. Hinton is a senior fellow at CIGI, where he contributes expertise on intellectual property (IP) and innovation. He is an IP lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent with his firm Own Innovation. He has worked closely with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Canada’s innovation initiatives and national IP strategy. James is co-founder of the Innovation Asset Collective and a proud supporter of Canadian technology companies. He is also an assistant professor at Western University, where he teaches on the commercialization of innovation.