Marie Laure Leclercq, Ad. E.
With over 20 years of experience in business law, Marie Laure Leclercq has comprehensive expertise in the fields of intellectual property and technology.
Ms. Leclercq’s current practice is focused on legal aspects related to IP/IT matters, including patents, trade-marks, copyright (software, Internet and entertainment law) and industrial designs. She acts for businesses and organizations that operate in various industries, including technology, manufacturing, franchising and distribution.
She has spent her entire career practising in the areas of IP/IT in major Montréal-based law firms, except for a period of three years where she was in-house counsel and Executive Vice-President for an R&D technology and software company involved in developing technology and software products for the electric utility industry and for professional training. During this period, besides handling all legal matters, her responsibilities included all facets of business management, particularly the sale and acquisition of businesses, financing, marketing and establishing partnerships, all of which contribute to her keen understanding and insight when it comes to helping entrepreneurs reach their business objectives.
Over the years, Ms. Leclercq has been assigned by Inno-centre Québec inc. to sit on the boards of several start-up high-tech companies. In addition, she has acted as Corporate Secretary of HMS Energy Inc. and Famic Technologies 2000 inc., and held the positions of Secretary, Director (as a representative of the Fonds de Solidarité du Québec) and then Chair of the Board of Directors of Roctest Ltd., a technology company manufacturing geotechnical and structural instrumentation. She is also dedicated to the advancement of the legal profession and has been very active in the Canadian Bar Association.
Advocatus Emeritus, Barreau du Québec (2017)
Best Lawyers in Canada® (nominated each year from 2016 to 2020)
Recipient of the 2016 Jules-Deschênes Award, Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
Recipient of the 2016 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion
- Québec Bar
- Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
- Québec Representative, National Board of Directors (2017)
- President, Québec Branch IP section (2012-2013)
- Executive Committee member, national IP section (2011-2013)
- President, Québec Branch, 2010 and 2011
- Vice President, Québec Branch, 2008 and 2009
- Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
- Canadian IT Law Association (IT.CAN)
- Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, member (2018)
October 2019 – Leaders in Tech: Building Dynamic Inclusive Cultures, Luncheon & Panel Discussion: The Microsoft Women in Tech Luncheon, CAN-TECH Law Annual Conference
October 2004 - Taking security interests in intellectual property: Working through the maze, Canadian IT Law Association
October 2001 - Internet Law: Application Service Providers agreements and ancillary legal questions, MIM
November 1997 - Legal, tax and practical matters as related to prevention matters, Nursing Association of Québec
December 1993 - Software licensing contracts, tear-up licensing agreements, software escrow agreements, Centre de promotion du logiciel québécois
July 2006 - In trade-mark matters, being famous is not enough!, De Grandpré Chait Newsletter
September 2004 - Brand your domain name!, De Grandpré Chait Newsletter