James G. Kosa



James G. Kosa

* Partner through a professional corporation

James Kosa is a partner at WeirFoulds with a practice focused on information technology and intellectual property law.

James offers his clients a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the spectrum of technology issues, including the protection and exploitation of computer and software technology, IT and IP licensing, privacy, security breaches and dispute resolution. James’ depth of experience means that he is able to offer his clients clear, practical and well-rounded advice by cutting through the technical jargon. He takes the complexity of technology law and turns it into practical knowledge and advice that his clients can easily understand.

James acts as technology counsel to technology companies in a wide variety of high technology fields, including telecommunications, cloud computing and artificial intelligence companies, software development companies (traditional and agile), hosting service providers and infrastructure as a service providers. He also represents consumers of technologies with procurement and negotiation of technology services, including financial institutions, governments and government agencies, and profit and non-profit companies in traditional fields with technology needs. James has assisted in negotiating outsourcings, wide area networks implementations, major data transport arrangements, and platform and content arrangements for television, satellite and mobile platforms.

James is the Co-Chair of the firms Technology, IP and Privacy Group. He is also the past President of the Canadian Technology Law Association and past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section.

James was recognized by Lexpert as a 2019 Rising Star, Leading Lawyers Under 40. He is also recognized as a leading practitioner in the following legal directories: Chambers Canada Guide – Information Technology; Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Computer & IT Law; and Best Lawyers in Canada – Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law

  • Represented iManage in its acquisition of Closing Folders

Recognized as a Mondaq Thought Leading Co-Author for Data Protection, Canada (Autumn 2022)

Repeatedly recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Canada as a leading lawyer in Data – Information Technology

Recognized by Lexpert as a 2019 Rising Star, Leading Lawyers Under 40

Repeatedly recognized in the Chambers Canada Guide as a leading practitioner in Information Technology

Repeatedly recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Computer & IT Law

Repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Technology Law

Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2006)

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2006
  • B.Sc., Computer Engineering, Queen's University
  • Past President, Canadian Technology Law Association
  • Past Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Information Technology and E-Commerce Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • Institution of Electric and Electronic Engineers
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Technology Law Association
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group
  • Toronto Intellectual Property Group

Speaking Engagements

Instructor, "Information and Cyber Security Privacy and Legal Insights and Challenges", University of Ottawa Professional Development Program, Online, March 28 and 29, 2022
Speaker, "5G and Beyond: The Latest in Telecommunications Law", The Canadian Bar Association, Online, February 16, 2021
Speaker, "Acquiring vs. Partnering: How to Gain Access to New Technology", CAN-TECH Law Spring Conference, May 7, 2020
Speaker, "Best Practices in Technology Contracting", Can-Tech Law Spring Training, Toronto, June 17, 2019
Master of Ceremonies, Canadian Bar Association's IP Day Annual Judges Dinner, Ottawa, May 30, 2019
Speaker, "Blockchain Technology, Smart Contracts and the Law", Technology and Intellectual Property Group (TIP) Annual Conference, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, March 5, 2019
Speaker, "How AI Will Disrupt IP Practice", 23rd Intellectual Property Law: The Year in Review, Toronto, January 17, 2019
Moderator, "Successful Canadian businesses with Registered Industrial Designs and AI", Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Ottawa, December 10, 2018
Presenter, "Ethical Negotiations: The Art of the Possible", Winter Professionalism Seminar, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, December 10, 2018

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