Partner, Technology Group, Farris,
Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
James P. Hatton, Q.C. is a commercial solicitor with more than 25 years experience in assisting companies to exploit the value of their intellectual property assets.
James takes particular interest in collaborations between life sciences research companies and pharmaceutical companies. Representative transactions of note include acting for MedGenesis in the MedGenesis Pfizer alliance, and acting for Cardiome in the Cardiome Merck alliance, which was the largest alliance in the history of the Canadian life sciences industry. He also acted for United Therapeutics in the United Therapeutics Lilly alliance – the US Licensing Executives Society’s Deal of Distinction award winner for the Healthcare Sector in 2009.
Best Lawyers lists James in the practice areas of Biotechnology Law and Intellectual Property Law, and named James as Vancouver’s 2013 “Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year”. James is listed as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, repeatedly recommended in the fields of biotechnology and technology transactions.
James is a director of BC Hydro, the principal electricity utility for the province of British Columbia. James is also a director of the Central City Foundation, one of Vancouver’s oldest charitable organizations, established in 1907 by a group of citizens concerned about the number of homeless and hungry people living in the Gastown area of Vancouver.
James is a former member of the Board of Governors of Royal Roads University, a university based in Victoria, British Columbia offering undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in applied and professional fields.
James is a former member of the Governing Council of the National Research Council of Canada, the government of Canada’s premier research, development and innovation organization, which leverages Canada’s public and private science and technology infrastructure for the benefit of Canadians.
James was the President of The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for six years, and remains an honorary life director of that organization. He is also a former member of the Judicial Advisory Committee for British Columbia, responsible for assessing candidates from British Columbia for appointment as superior court judges.