Louis Carbonneau, Principal
Louis is our firm founder and is a recognized expert in intellectual property with over 20 years of a diversified professional US, Canadian and international experience in all facets of intellectual property law and business.
Prior to launching The Point Law Group, Louis worked at Microsoft Corporation for 15 years where he was the GM, Intellectual Property and Licensing and the lead business and intellectual property legal counsel to various business units and to the Microsoft Research organization worldwide.
Louis initially joined Microsoft as the General Counsel of then subsidiary Softimage Inc., a computer graphics software development company based in Montreal (Quebec). Prior to that, he was a member of Smart & Biggar, the largest IP boutique law firm in Canada, where he handled major IP litigations and worked on various IP matters and transactions during several years.
Louis is an adjunct professor for the University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law & Policy where he teaches courses on IP Licensing and lectures on International IP Systems. He also lectures at UW’s Center for Advanced Research and Studies in Intellectual Property. Louis is also the founder and CEO of TANGIBLE IP, LLC, a patent brokering and IP advisory firm, focusing on IP strategies, patent sales, licensing programs and IP assets management.
Louis is a frequent guest speaker locally and internationally on the subject of intellectual property strategy, innovation and licensing and how they relate to business. In addition to teaching at the University of Washington, he serves as a faculty for the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and American Conference Institute (ACI), is a strategic advisor and lecturer to the Silicon Valley Business School and a regular consultant with the Executive Forum where he advises Wall Street analysts around the business of IP. Louis is also an advisor to Cycle Capital, an early stage clean tech fund in Canada and a Special Consultant with one of the largest startup incubator in Canada. Louis holds a US and international patent around multimedia technology.
Louis has both a common law and civil law background and is admitted to practice in Washington State and in Canada. He is fluent in English and French. He is a member of the Washington State (WSBA) and Quebec (Canada) Bar Associations, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). He also sits on the Executive Committee for the Intellectual Property Section of the WSBA and on the AIPLA’s Licensing and Management of IP Assets Committee.
Mark R. Beatty, Of Counsel
Mark is a renowned corporate attorney, providing business, corporate and securities law advice and guidance for sophisticated closely-held companies and investors. His extensive practice includes mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, ownership restructurings, investments and general business matters.
Mark has been practicing law for more than 30 years, starting with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. where he worked on regulation of tender offers and small business finance. In 1987, Mark brought this unique expertise to private practice where he spent 10 years as a partner with the Seattle office of the national firm Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L/Gates), advising clients on initial and secondary public offerings, venture capital and private placement financings, institutional investments in venture capital and private equity funds, mergers and acquisitions, and complex corporate and securities related matters.
In 2000, Mark was recruited personally to become general counsel to Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder and then CEO, and his private investment firm, Cascade Investment, LLC, where he was responsible for all legal matters involving Cascade’s extensive investment portfolio. In 2006, Mark decided to share his formidable experience and expertise with a larger set of clients and started his own boutique law firm. Since then, he has helped numerous businesses and their owners with the many facets of their corporate life, through their inception, organization and funding, restructuring, expansion and through their sale or merger.
Mark is an adjunct professor at both the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law, where he has taught Securities Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporation Finance. He is the chair of the Securities Committee of the Business Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He has also sat on various company boards during his career. Mark earned his J.D. at the University of Washington School of Law and a Master in Law from Georgetown University.
Dawna M. Knox, Senior Paralegal
Dawna has over 20 years experience as a paralegal in litigation, immigration, intellectual property and corporate law.
Dawna worked at Microsoft Corporation for 8 years as a Paralegal and Program Manager where she created and managed processes for Microsoft’s standards legal team. She later led efforts to provide tools and processes for Microsoft’s participation in external standards-setting organizations, managing technical submissions and submitting intellectual property statements on behalf of the company. Dawna served as a web editor for Microsoft’s IP Licensing web site and managed the company’s internal and external standards workshops and educational summits. Prior to joining the Point Law Group, Dawna worked as a paralegal for Rainier Investment Management, a boutique investment firm headquartered in Seattle, WA.
Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Dawna worked in Washington, DC as a Litigation Support Analyst at Covington & Burling and a Senior Litigation Paralegal at DLA Piper. She received an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Certificate from Duquesne University School of Law and a B.A. in Spanish from West Virginia University.
Most full service law firms operate in a closed environment, i.e. they will refer you to one of their own no matter what your needs are. There are several drawbacks to this approach: i) the best expert on the subject matter that concerns you may not be in their firm; ii) by establishing different parallel silos of attorney working on various matters, there is always a risk of losing the strategic vision only someone who has the big picture perspective can provide and iii) there is a tendency for legal fees to go up in this context as all lawyers from the same firm tend to consult one another and you may end up paying for duplicative work or for internal discussions that add little value to your project.
Over the last 20+ years, we have developed and maintained an extensive network among the best law firms and legal service providers in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and India. Therefore, an important asset of The Point Law Group is our ability to tap into our extended local and international network and provide a one stop shop to all needs and coordinate with the best specialists around the world. Through its network. The Point Law Group can also tackle large projects in an efficient and cost effective way as act as “project manager” on some special assignments for other firms. This is like having the largest law firm in the world working for you, but only when you need it and at a much better value!
Finally, we interact regularly with angels, VCs, private equity investors and experts in various technology areas. We are always happy to introduce our clients to one of our many friends.
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