Jim Markwith

Jim Markwith

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  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington State


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Mr. Markwith’s practice focuses on technology and IP transactions with an emphasis on Healthcare IT, software, cloud based offerings, data protection, compliance, and M&A. His clients range from startups to some of the world’s largest technology leaders.

Mr. Markwith’s services include legal advice and support with respect to:

  • Technology transactions;
  • Support for Healthcare IT, data and cloud based product development;
  • Open Source Software licensing, compliance audits, risk mitigation, transactions, and diligence during M&A;
  • HIPAA and privacy compliance;
  • Establishing end-to-end contracting and licensing processes;
  • Establishing and participating in SDOs;
  • Employment agreements, and;
  • Mergers and acquisitions, including technology and IP issues and due diligence.

Previous Experience

Mr. Markwith started his legal career as a litigator and transactional attorney in Silicon Valley, and went on to hold Senior and Executive in-house legal positions with Adobe Systems, Microsoft, General Electric Healthcare IT, and Allscripts Healthcare. Prior to founding Markwith Law, he co-founded a technology and IP law firm where he was the Managing Partner of the firm’s Seattle and Washington, DC, area offices.

At Allscripts Mr. Markwith served as Senior Vice President and Chief IP Counsel. He negotiated complex technology and IP transactions supporting all Healthcare IT product development, international sales, business development, and M&A. He also established and managed Allscripts’ patent and licensing programs, and served as Chief Counsel for the alliance between Allscripts and Singapore’s Integrated Health Information Systems (IHIS), which established labs bringing information technologies to health systems in Singapore and other Asian countries.

At General Electric Healthcare IT (HCIT), a $16B GE business unit, Mr. Markwith served as Global Licensing and Senior IP Counsel. He handled complex technology and IP transactions supporting HCIT product development, business development, strategic alliances, and funded academic research transactions. As Senior IP Counsel, he managed the patent program for HCIT. Mr. Markwith helped establish GE’s Global Licensing Center of Excellence, which established licensing best practices across GE. Mr. Markwith also served as Chief Counsel for GE’s joint venture between the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy and GE, establishing the GE Global Research Center within the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ), Republic of Korea.

At Microsoft Mr. Markwith served as Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and Licensing, where he supported the Server and Tools product development teams, the Standards Strategy Team, and the patent assertion and litigation advisory board. Mr. Markwith also served on the Venture Integration (M&A) Team, where he helped close more than 40 Microsoft acquisitions. Mr. Markwith was Microsoft’s first official Open Source Counsel, was the Chief Counsel for Microsoft’s CodePlex Open Source Foundation, and was Microsoft’s legal representative to numerous Standards Development and Trade organizations.

Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Markwith was Corporate Counsel, World-Wide Products and Marketing at Adobe Systems, where he was the lead counsel for the Acrobat product line (Acrobat/Reader/PDF) and

Mr. Markwith is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he is a Mentor for The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, and he taught IP law at the University of Washington’s Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law.

Before his legal career Mr. Markwith was a U.S. Naval Officer. After serving the majority of his service as a Navy Pilot, Mr. Markwith was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, at Annapolis Maryland, as an Instructor of Economics.

Mr. Markwith is a frequent speaker on the topics of Intellectual Property, Open Source Software, protecting and monetizing data rights, healthcare law, standards and interoperability. For more information on his published articles, book chapters and speaking events, please see the following Publications and Speaking Events.


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, CA (J.D., 1997)
  • Sorrell College of Business, AL (MBA, 1994)
  • California State University at Long Beach, CA (B.S., Finance, 1986)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, California Bar, Intellectual Property and Licensing Section
  • Member, ITech Law, International Technology Law Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section