Beatrice Delmas-Linel is an international business lawyer with more than 28 years of experience in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial law. A French lawyer admitted to the Paris bar, Beatrice Delmas-Linel has worked both in private practice and in-house in France, in the United Kingdom (London) and in the United States (New York City and Washington State).
In 2008, Béatrice Delmas-Linel joined de Gaulle, Fleurance & Associates, a firm which mostly works in the field of ICT. In 2012, she was appointed "Lawyer of the Year" for her work in Information Technology.
In July 2013, Béatrice Delmas-Linel founded the French office of the international law firm OSBORNE CLARKE S.E.L.A.S., of which she is now the President.
Previously, Beatrice Delmas-Linel held leadership positions at Microsoft Corporation as Associate General Counsel within the Legal and Corporate Affairs department in Europe and in the US (Redmond, WA). In particular Beatrice was for four years the worldwide Chief Legal Counsel for the Interactive Entertainment Business (Gaming, Xbox 360 videogame console and on-line services).
She handled a wide range of legal issues from intellectual property and content licensing to product liability and environmental compliance, as well as retail distribution, on-line services and consumer litigation.
Beatrice also worked on policy issues in relation to videogames and on-line gaming, such as Internet child safety and appropriate age rating systems worldwide.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 2000, Beatrice Delmas-Linel was Managing Partner of the Paris law firm August & Debouzy where she headed the Intellectual Property/Commercial Law practice group. She cultivated clients in the IT and Entertainment industries, most of them US-based corporations seeking legal advice and representation in France, and became familiar with the challenges faced by technology and entertainment companies. She successfully managed commercial, trademark and copyright litigation matters for her clients, as well as advised her clients routinely on commercial and licensing issues and transactions.
Beatrice Delmas-Linel also worked for the UK firm of solicitors Lawrence Graham in London, for the Paris-based law firm Baudel, Sales, Vincent, Georges (now Denton Wilde Sapte Paris) and for Gibson, Dunn, Crutcher in New York as part of a six-month exchange program.
Beatrice Delmas-Linel holds a Master of International Business Law from the University College of London (1989) and a Master in International Economic Law from the University of Burgundy (1988), where she also received her law degree with distinction in 1987.
Béatrice also received the title of Knight of the National Order of Merit.