Senior Partner at Kasznar Leonardos
A senior partner and founder of Kasznar Leonardos, Gabriel Francisco Leonardos has over 30 years’ experience in intellectual property. Mr Leonardos is a lecturer and professor of IP courses, and has been recognised by international legal and IP guides as one of Brazil’s leading IP lawyers. He acts in IP litigation before the courts; advises on licensing agreements, patents, trademarks, copyright and unfair competition; handles trademark prosecution; and manages arbitration and mediation in IP and contract law. He has also authored many academic papers, as well as a book on international taxation of technology transfer.
Mr Leonardos is a member of the Ethics Court of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. He is also a member of the Federal Board and chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association. In addition, Mr Leonardos is the honorary president of the Brazilian-German Chamber of Commerce of Rio de Janeiro, a former president of LES-Brazil (the Brazilian chapter of the Licensing Executives Society), and vice president of the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property.
Mr Leonardos has a law degree (1986) from the prestigious State University of Rio de Janeiro, a postgraduate diploma in German law (1989) from Ludwig Maximilian University (Germany) and an LLM in financial law (1996) from the University of Sao Paulo. In 2015 he received the German Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) and in 2018 he obtained an MBA from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. He was a guest research fellow at the Max Planck Institute (Germany) in 1988-1989.
Mr Leonardos speaks Portuguese, English and German.