Richard Willemant

Partner

Member of the Paris and Quebec Bars

リチャード・ウィルマン(フランス弁護士 |フランス弁理士)

Attorney-at-Law, member of the Paris Bar and the Quebec Bar

Trademark attorney

Mediator accredited by the Quebec Bar

Data Protection Correspondent

EXPERTISE

Richard Willemant has been practicing for more than 10 years in intellectual property and information technology law.

Richard has developed an expertise in protecting and defending all intellectual property rights for companies and individuals in all industries, including technology, fashion, media, entertainment, luxury, aviation, tourism, health, sports, real estate, gaming and transportation.

He is known for his transversal skills over all legal issues related to technology and intellectual property, whether in civil law, business law, criminal law or international law, including issues related to civil or criminal proceedings.

Richard is often involved in complex litigation or multi-jurisdictions cases that require high level procedural knowledge.

His expertise as an attorney and trademark agent covers business law dedicated to intellectual property and technology, including in particular:

– Actions to protect trademarks, domain names, designs, copyrights and trade secrets worldwide, particularly in the context of international protection strategies implemented from France, Canada or Japan;

– Anti- counterfeiting action, in front of Courts or through custom proceedings in France, in Europe and internationally;

– Judicial and extrajudicial disputes resolution regarding intellectual property, technology, IT, media and communication, as well as commercial matters and unfair competition;

– Contractual, transactional and regulatory support, particularly in the areas of intellectual property rights, e-commerce, distribution and franchising, licensing agreements, production agreements or IT contracts;

– Privacy, e-reputation, brand image protection and defense for companies and individuals.

– Alternative dispute resolution, especially through mediation and participative procedures.

The expertise of Richard Willemant has a strong international dimension through the network of international lawyers he has created and alliances he has forged with partner firms in Canada and Japan, the USA, Italy, Switzerland and China, to name a few.

He is the origin of our cooperation agreement with the Japanese firm Toranomon CHUO LAW FIRM 虎門 中央 法律 事務所 which is a leading firm in Business Law in Japan.

Besides, Richard is regularly invited to be a speaker in International Law conferences in Asia, Europe and America to share his expertise with his counterparts and he was in charge of training Paris Bar Attorneys to new digital procedures they shall be all using today to communicate with Courts and notify their pleadings.

EDUCATION

Richard Willemant holds the following degrees:

– LLM (Master of Laws) from McGill University Montreal, Institute of Comparative Law and Institute of Air and Space Law

– Master in contract law, University Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne

– Master in multimedia and IT law, University Paris II – Panthéon-Assas

– Master in private law mention judicial careers and criminal science, University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas

Richard Willemant was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2004 and to the Quebec Bar in 2011.

ASSOCIATIONS

Richard Willemant is the former President of the International Committee Paris-Quebec at the Bar of Paris (2012-2015).

He is a member of the following associations:

– International Trademark Association (INTA)

– International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

– International Bar Association (IBA)

– Association MARQUES

– French Chamber of Commerce in Canada (CCIFC)

– Chamber of Commerce France-Canada (CCFC)

– Association des Avocats au Barreau du Québec en France (AABQF)

– Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in France (CCIJF)

– French-Japanese committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris

– French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (CCIFJ)

– Quebec Japan Business Forum

Richard Willemant was also a lecturer in intellectual property and media law at the Paris higher institute for communications  and advertising (ISCOM) and the European Centre for Children Products at the University of Poitiers, in a Master program.

LANGUAGES

Richard Willemant speaks French and English, and has some basic knowledge in Japanese

Awards

  • BEST LAWYERS IN FRANCE 2020

    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has been selected as « Lawyer of the Year » in Information technology law.

    He has also been selected in Litigation and Media law categories.

    Christiane Féral-SchuhlBruno Grégoire Sainte MarieEtienne Papin and Olivier de Courcel, have been selected in the following categories : Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Etienne Papin has been selected in Personal Data and Privacy category.

    Olivier de Courcel has also been selected in Telecommunications Law category for the third consecutive year.

  • CHAMBERS EUROPE & CHAMBERS GLOBAL – 2019 EDITION

    FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is ranked in the Intellectual Property category by Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Edition 2019.

    Richard Willemant is also ranked as “recognised practitioner” in this category by Chambers Europe & Chambers Global Edition 2019.

  • CHAMBERS EUROPE 2019

    For the 19th consecutive year, FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is ranked in the TMT – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY France category.

    “What the team is known for:

    Respected French IT boutique active in litigation, advisory and transactional matters. Handles a variety of IT contracts and agreements as well as advising on digitalisation, electronic archiving and regulatory compliance. Increasingly engaged with personal data compliance audits on behalf of companies and public entities.

    Strengths:

    The lawyers are highly commended for the personalised service they offer to clients, as one source explains: “They reassure us and explain the strategy,” adding: “We have always felt taken care of and accompanied.”

    Other comments touch on the team’s strong experience in IT matters, with one interviewee noting: “I admire their experience and intelligence,” and another source highlighting their skill in litigious matters: “They have the weapons to fight and have all it takes to win.”

    Notable practitioners:

    Christiane Féral-Schuhl specialises in IT and software law, handling both advisory and contentious work, as well as contract negotiations. She is described as a real expert and is strongly regarded for her “very good comprehension of the client’s matters and openness to discussion.”

    Bruno Grégoire Sainte Marie has “tremendous experience” in the French TMT market. He assists clients with IT agreements and licensing matters. He has further skills in IP transactions. Sources underline his technical expertise and ability to listen to the client.”

News

  • Christiane Féral-Schuhl and Richard Willemant are on the front page of the newsletter issued by the Japanese firm Toranomon Chuo, partner with FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE, referring inter alia to the seminar "100 Lawyers...
  • FERAL-SCHUHL / SAINTE-MARIE is involved in combating violence against women and will participate to the third edition of the charity run organised by the Fondation des Femmes, a fundraising...
  • Talk of Richard Willemant, Partner, on this subject at the seminar organized by the French National Bar Council and the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) for the "100...

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