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David Durand

Founder & Managing Partner

David uses a diverse educational background in law and chemistry to advise clients of all sizes specializing in corporate, IP, and technology law.

David specializes in the negotiation, drafting and review of contracts, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements. His knowledge, including that of evolving electronic privacy law and security measures, has helped in M&A transactions as well as close over $100 million in SaaS transactions with major enterprise clients.

In IP matters and as a trademark agent, David participates in the management of IP portfolios and obtains trademark registrations both in Canada and abroad through the firm’s network of international correspondents. He conducts due diligence reviews, in-depth analysis of file histories and provides strategic recommendations to our firm’s clients.

David has also represented clients before different Courts, including the Québec Court of Appeal, the Court of Québec, as well as before the Province of Québec’s administrative tribunals.

Prior to founding DURAND, David worked for prominent IP boutique firms, based in Toronto and Montreal, as well as Montreal based pharmaceutical manufacturer, wherein he gained valuable experience in patent law and litigation, in particular PM(NOC) proceedings and drafting Notices of allegation.

David is a member of the Québec Bar and maintains strong relationships with colleagues, and expanding his international network in Europe.

- ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, which was adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 97th session, Geneva, Switzerland, on June 10th, 2008 (United Nations).

- “Brevetabilité, traitement médical et ordre public social” (La Revue du Barreau, tome 67, 2007-2008, p. 77-123).

- Finance committee - Don’t block the blockchain - (CSA/IIROC and IOSCO Submissions). & testimony.

Practice Areas:
-Intellectual Property (IP) - Trademarks, Patents, Licenses
-Contract Law - Sale Agreement, Strategic partnerships, joint-ventures
-Data privacy & protection (PIPEDA & GDPR)
-Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
-Pharmaceutical Law
-Cannabis Law
-Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
-M&A due diligence

- LL.L., University of Montreal, 2009
- B.Sc. (chemistry), 2001

Professional Affiliations
- Québec Bar
- Lord Reading Society

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