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France Leclaire

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France Leclaire

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Counsel, Patent Agent
  • Smart & Biggar LP
Language(s): French | English

Insightful and strategic solutions to complex patent matters

France is an accomplished patent expert and legal advisor with over 25 years of experience. In her IP practice, she specializes in the life sciences sector with a focus on prosecution, client counselling, and patent portfolio growth and utilization.

Deep expertise in biotechnology, to effectively secure and protect IP

As a leader in her field, France regularly advises clients on biotechnology related innovations, turning their inventions into market value. With her scientific background as a biochemist, she expertly captures the essence of an invention and adeptly explains patent concepts. Drawing from her in-depth experience having worked as in-house patent agent at several biotech companies, and with the Canadian Government, she holds a critical perspective on the patent-related concerns and challenges of corporations, allowing her to provide informed strategic advice. She is committed to understanding her clients’ priorities and corporative objectives and provides clarity in order to achieve their goals and navigate every stage of the patent protection process.

France analyzes and identifies potential infringement risks and advises clients during the design process and offers advice from the perspective of patent portfolio enforcement and/or licensing opportunities.


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  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada 
  • Member, Association of Alumni of Montréal Clinical Research Institute