Peter Cowan is the founder and Principal Consultant at Northworks IP, an IP Strategy Advisory firm that was founded to help companies maximize value of their IP assets through a business focused approach to IP.
He has created and led the growth of technology innovation and IP programs in companies from new startups to large multi-national companies. He has worked with executives, inventors and technical teams across eight countries to help identify and protect their breakthrough innovations, across both mature and emerging markets. His breadth of knowledge extends into areas of software, hardware, firmware, HMI, architectures, smart grid, internet, and networked systems. In addition to his business background, he has a wide range of technical skills and is a listed inventor on over 55 filed patents.
For 5 years running (2014-2018) Peter has been nominated by his peers and was listed in the IAM Strategy 300 as one of the worlds leading IP strategists, a list researched and published by the London UK based IAM Magazine. In his past, Peter was co-founder/CEO of a sports technology startup, as well as on the executive team of an internet-based investment startup during the dot-com boom. In parallel he worked with a high-growth technology firm to develop and grow their IP Portfolio to position it for acquisition. His most current role was the Sr. Manager (Innovation & Patents) for Schneider Electric, a Global Fortune 400 company, where he lead the strategic planning of the patent portfolio at several levels in the organization, and developed and lead Innovation Programs for new businesses.
Peter brings value to businesses through his approach to patent strategy, innovation and technology development, and the shaping of the organizational culture required to build high-growth companies. He advises businesses on making better strategic decisions about their IP assets, and then assist in the execution of the decisions to make a measurable impact on the business.
He is a frequent speaker on topics of Innovation, and Patent Strategy, Process and Culture. As an active volunteer, he is the past Co-chair of Intellectual Asset Management Group (LES Sub-group), and the past chair of VIATEC IP Round Table. He currently acts as an Associate Mentor with the BC Innovation Council (in partnership with ACETECH), helping early stage technology CEO’s and founders improve the success of their companies.
Peter holds his B.Eng from the University of Victoria, his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from the University of Victoria, and his LLM (Intellectual Property) from York University in Toronto.