François Painchaud, Leger Robic Richard, L.L.P.
Mr. François Painchaud was called to the Québec Bar in 1986 and has been a partner of ROBIC, LLP for more than 17 years. He leads the Business Law group and specializes in transactions dealing with technology transfers, licensing, collaborations, joint ventures and in corporate and commercial law, including venture capital financing and mergers and acquisitions. He has developed a particular expertise in complex transactions where intellectual property is at the foreground. He also participates in the negotiation and drafting of various other commercial contracts involving intellectual property such as research and development agreements.
Mr. Painchaud is a Past President of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. and was a member of its board of directors from 2001 to 2010. He is currently Counsel to the Board of the Licensing Executives Society International. He sits on the board of directors and is treasurer of Certified Licensing Professionals (CLP). He is Director and Secretary General of the Canadian Louis Pasteur Foundation, Corporate secretary of the Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) and was a Director and Corporate secretary of Axcan Pharma, Inc. until March 2008 (now Aptalis Pharma, Inc.). François also serves on the board of directors of various private companies involved in high technology sectors.
He has been recognized by his peers as one of the leading lawyers in technology transfers for several years (ref. Lexpert, legal magazine). He has also been consistently recognized since 2010 as one of the 250 most influential people in IP by IAM ("Intellectual Assets Management", international magazine). He regularly publishes articles in his fields of specialization.