Alain Villeneuve joined Vedder Price as an Associate in the Intellectual Property group in 2006.
He represents clients in a wide range of corporate matters, immigration matters and intellectual property matters, including the prosecution of patents and the registration and monitoring of trademarks and copyrights. Mr. Villeneuve has represented a large number of clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and in relation to international enforcement of intellectual property. His experience includes drafting patent applications in electrical, mechanical, wireless and computer software fields. He has also filed for international patent and trademark applications under the PCT and Madrid regimes. Mr. Villeneuve has also won significant cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and one of his patents has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Bilski v. Kappos decision.
Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Villeneuve worked in France for approximately 10 years in the field of nuclear engineering. While there, he was qualified by the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique, allowing him to work in the control room of a pressurized water reactor. He also supervised a team of engineers in the design, testing and construction phases of a nuclear fuel transport system. He also managed a fuel storage site in Italy and designed the first international humid fuel transport cask.
Mr. Villeneuve is a U.S. Patent Attorney (63,228) and a Solicitor registered to practice in a plurality of foreign jurisdictions. Mr. Villeneuve is a native French speaker and is fluent in Italian and English.
Mr. Villeneuve is an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches International Intellectual Property Law. He was selected for inclusion from 2009 to 2013 as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2017, Mr. Villeneuve was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Copyright and Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law and Patent Law.
Fitness Anywhere, LLC v. Woss Enterprises LLC, Case No. 5:14-cv-01725
On March 22, 2017, after a five day jury trial presided over by Judge Freeman in the Northern District of California, the unanimous jury sided with the team at Vedder Price and Fitness Anywhere (which does business as TRX) on claims of willful patent and trademark infringement. The defendant had, with full knowledge of TRX’s patent, created and sold an infringing product. The jury awarded TRX over $6.8 million in damages based largely on TRX’s lost profits. This award represents more than the totality of the defendant’s gross revenue from the infringing products.
LHO Chicago River LLC v. Rosemoor Suites LLC et al., Case No. 1:16-cv-06863
On February 3, 2017, Judge Kocoras in the Northern District of Illinois sided with Vedder Price and refused to grant a preliminary injunction in favor of a large hotel group against Vedder Price’s client. In refusing to grant an injunction, Judge Kocoras found that the Plaintiff had not met its low burden of showing it had a "better than negligible" chance of demonstrating that its purported mark HOTEL CHICAGO had acquired distinctiveness in the minds of the public. This ruling ensures that Vedder Price’s client, Rosemoor Suites LLC, can continue operating under its mark during the course of the litigation. LHO has now moved to dismiss the case.
VHT, Inc. v. Zillow Group Inc. et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-01096
Vedder Price—acting as prosecution counsel for plaintiff VHT, Inc.—secured new database copyright registrations from the U.S. Copyright Office for VHT to protect VHT’s database of photograph. On February 10, 2017, Judge Robart of the District Court of Seattle found in favor of VHT and awarded a judgment of over $8.3 million against defendant Zillow Group Inc. based on Zillow’s use of VHT’s copyright-protected images contained in VHT’s database. The award exceeded $1 million in statutory damages per certificate of registration.
- McGill University & Hautes Etudes Commerciales, University of Montreal, 2012
- University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 2003, cum laude
- Cornell University International Law Program, Paris, 2002
- Polytechnique of Montréal, B.E., 1991
- Polytechnique of Montréal, B.E., 1990
- Illinois, 2003
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2004
- The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), 2012
- England and Wales, 2007
- English Law Society, 2007
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2004
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Chicago Bar Association
- Member, International Bar Association
- Member, Board of Directors, Clowns Without Borders