Partner, trademark agent and head of Lavery’s Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI)
Eric Lavallée is a lawyer and trademark agent in the Business Law Group and he runs the Lavery Legal Lab on Artificial Intelligence (L3AI).
As a result of his extensive experience in intellectual property (patents, trade-marks and software protection) Mr. Lavallée took on a special interest in developments related to artificial intelligence over the past few years.
Mr. Lavallée is regularly called upon to assist businesses of all sizes, from start-ups to large corporations in drafting licensing agreements and business contracts in high technology as well as implementing protection and due diligence strategies for their intellectual property needs.
He has developed leading-edge expertise in the analysis of the legal impact of the application and implementation of artificial intelligence in sectors related to his practise of law, namely privacy protection, corporate governance and business law.
Expertise in nanotechnology
Eric Lavallée has a Master’s degree in Physics as well as a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining Lavery in 2014, he was Vice-President, R&D, for a nanotechnology research and development firm. He has four inventions to his name relating to electron beam lithography for applications in microelectronics:
- Method of producing an etch-resistant polymer structure using electron beam lithography
- Plasma polymerized electron beam resist
- Fabrication of sub-micron silicide structures on silicon using resistless electron beam lithography
- Fabrication of sub-micron etch-resistant metal/semiconductor structures using resistless electron beam lithography
As a researcher, he also authored 15 scientific papers and presented his work at international conferences held in the United States, Europe and Japan in the nanotechnology industry.
In 1997, he was awarded the Médaille du Mérite des Gouverneurs de la Faculté de génie de l'Université de Sherbrooke (University of Sherbrooke Faculty of Engineering Governors’ Achievement Medal). In 2009, he received the Prix du doyen de la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Sherbrooke (University of Sherbrooke Faculty of Law Dean’s Award) and the Prix du Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar Award).
- LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke, 2009
- Ph.D. in electrical engineering, Université de Sherbrooke, 2000
- M.Sc. in physics, Université de Sherbrooke, 1996
- B.Sc. in physics, Université de Sherbrooke, 1994
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