Loudon Owen

Loudon Owen is a practising lawyer, and is Managing Partner and co-founder of McLean Watson Capital Inc. McLean Watson is one of Canada's pre-eminent venture capital firms. He is also a principal of Patent Monetization Inc., an investment and advisory firm that assists owners in monetizing their intellectual property. Prior to establishing McLean Watson Capital, Loudon and his partner financed and advised Softimage, a world leader in high-end 3D animation software, in its growth from 4 to 250 employees, its IPO on Nasdaq in 1992 and the sale to Microsoft in 1994 as the first public company Microsoft acquired. He was involved from its early days, first as an investor and director, then serving as the Joint Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Softimage from 1993 to the time of its sale. Loudon currently serves, and has served, on a wide range of public and private companies' Boards of Directors. As Chairman of i4i Inc, he was instrumental in the preparation, launch and enforcement by i4i of its patent against Microsoft, which resulted in the largest patent award ever affirmed by the Court of Appeals, and an injunction against Microsoft’s Word product. The case went to the US Supreme Court and i4i prevailed with a unanimous decision on June 9, 2011. Loudon performs pro bono Board and trustee work in health and education. He is a Director of Blessings in a Backpack (Canada), a Charter Member of TiE (Indus Entrepreneurs), a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and a member of Insead’s Global Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. He holds a BA in International Relations & Economics (Trinity College, University of Toronto), an LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School), and an MBA (Insead, France).