Jim Markwith


Jim Markwith

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Jim Markwith




Mr. Markwith is a co-founder and the managing partner of Symons Markwith LLP’s Seattle and Washington, DC area offices. Mr. Markwith’s clients range from start-ups to multi-national publicly traded corporations, representing a range of industries and offerings, including Healthcare IT, computer software, data analytics, standards development organizations (SDOs), technology application publishers, and other emerging technologies and services.

Mr. Markwith advises these clients on a variety of matters, including:

  • technology and IP transactions;
  • establishing end-to-end contracting and licensing processes;
  • protecting innovations and IP throughout the product life-cycle;
  • support for Healthcare IT, data and cloud based product development;
  • HIPAA and privacy compliance;
  • Open Source software use and compliance;
  • academic research and related agreements;
  • establishing and participating in SDOs, and;
  • mergers and acquisitions.


Previous Experience


Prior to forming Symons Markwith LLP in 2015, Mr. Markwith founded and managed a predecessor firm. 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.


At Allscripts Mr. Markwith served as Senior Vice President and Chief IP Counsel. In addition to establishing the highly successful patent and licensing programs, he negotiated and drafted complex technology and IP transactions supporting all Healthcare IT product development, international sales transactions, business development, and M&A. Mr. Markwith also served as Chief Counsel for the Alliance with 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, Open Source, and Senior IP Counsel. He handled complex technology and IP transactions supporting business development, strategic alliances, and funded academic research transactions. Mr. Markwith also established GE’s Global Licensing Center of Excellence (COE), which developed and promulgated licensing best practices across GE, and managed the licensing efforts supporting the development of all HCIT products and services. He 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, was a member of the Standards Strategy Team, and a member of the corporate patent assertion and litigation advisory board. Mr. Markwith also served as the lead counsel for the Venture Integration (M&A) Team, where he helped close more than 40 Microsoft acquisitions. Mr. Markwith was also 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 the following Standards Development and Trade organizations: Bluetooth® trade association; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF); Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS); Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA); the Green Grid, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).


Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Markwith was Corporate Counsel, World-Wide Products and Marketing at Adobe Systems Incorporated, where he was the lead counsel for the Acrobat product line (Acrobat/Reader/PDF) and Adobe.com. At Adobe he handled all in and out-bound technology and product licensing, privacy, IP, marketing and advertising matters.


While attending law school, Mr. Markwith taught Economics for Santa Clara University’s School of Business. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law, he continued to teach on a part-time basis for the Business and Law Schools. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington’s Law School Graduate Program in Intellectual Property (LLM), where he teaches the Economic Analysis of Intellectual Property Law, and he is a Mentor for The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic at the Santa Clara University School of Law.


Before his legal career, Mr. Markwith was a U.S. Naval Officer and Naval Aviator, where he served as a U.S. Navy Pilot, Navy Instructor Pilot, and Mission Commander. He was stationed in Japan and served throughout the Pacific and the Middle East. After flying for over seven years, Mr. Markwith was appointed to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis Maryland as an Instructor of Economics. After leaving active duty, he served three years in the United States Naval Reserves.


Mr. Markwith is a nationally and internationally known thought leader and frequent writer and speaker on the topics of Open Source Software, licensing, protecting IP in the cloud, healthcare IT and privacy, 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, Santa Clara (J.D., 1997)
  • California State University, Long Beach (B.S., Finance, 1986)


Bar Admissions


  • California
  • Washington DC
  • Washington State

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