Lavery is delighted to welcome two new partners, David Tournier and Benoit Yelle, to the Business Law and Intellectual Property groups respectively. They bring cutting-edge expertise in these fast-growing sectors and a practice approach based on technological innovation. David Tournier joins the Business Law group and will focus on corporate financing. His extensive experience in private practice, in particular, bank financing, infrastructure projects, insolvency and private equity, has led him to deal with lenders and borrowers in the context of syndicated and cross-border loans, acquisition and project financings (including PPPs). David has a wide-ranging portfolio, having represented both start-ups and multinationals, as well as investors involved in engineering, green industrial projects and new technology, which is one of his passions. "Lavery has a reputation for excellence in the provincial and national markets. When combined with its independence, this reputation puts it in a good position to serve a wide range of clients in different areas of business law. The lawyers from the firm that I already knew showed me the human side of this great organization, and easily convinced me to join their wonderful team," said David Tournier. His experience in well-known law firms and as a company director will undoubtedly benefit our clients. Benoit Yelle joins the Intellectual Property group. A registered patent agent in Canada and the United States with a background in computer engineering, Benoit has developed an expertise over the years in everything from mechanical inventions to quantum technologies, hand tools, medical devices, network protocols, telecommunications, mobile applications and quantum computing. Within the Lavery network, he will focus his practice on drafting and prosecuting patent and industrial design applications. Thanks to his considerable experience in analyzing the patentability and commercial potential of invention disclosures, Benoît worked as a patent engineer and agent for a multinational telecommunications company. "Lavery's Intellectual Property group needs no introduction. We share a common vision on how best to practice IP. It also seemed to me that Lavery was the most innovative and best-suited platform to leverage current and future changes to the practice of law. I think I found the right place to harness my passion for innovation!" said Benoit Yelle. By becoming a partner and patent agent at Lavery, Benoit will be able to adapt his approach and provide services that help achieve his clients' objectives.
Partner and Patent Agent
Benoit Yelle is a patent agent licensed in Canada and the United States and a partner in Lavery's Intellectual Property group.
Benoit helps companies develop and enhance their intellectual property. He identifies their business opportunities and helps them establish a protection plan. He sees the potential of technologically innovative projects and maximizes their impact. Benoit adapts his approach and provides services that contribute to achieving the business objectives set by the client.
The technical expertise Benoit has developed over the years ranges from mechanical inventions to quantum technologies, hand tools, medical devices, network protocols, telecommunications, software and mobile applications.
Benoit learned his trade as a patent agent in-house at a multinational telecommunications company. Before joining Lavery, Benoit was in private practice with a national general firm.
- BE (computer engineering), Polytechnique de Montréal, 2001
Boards and Professional Affiliations
- College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents (CPATA), member of the discipline committee since 2021
- United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), registered agent since 2009
- The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), registered agent since 2009
- Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, registered since 2006