Kris Williamson, is a dual qualified lawyer (Barrister in England and registered Brazilian attorney), who has lived in Brazil for the last 20 years with his wife (Brazilian) and two adult sons. Fluent in both English and Portuguese his specialism is Intellectual Property Law in Brazil with his work experience including several years with the firms of Advocacia Pietro Ariboni, located in São Paulo, and Daniel Advogados, where became a partner.
Born in Germany on a British Military base during a time when the world was even more divided, Kris was educated in England and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Leicester University and a Law Degree from the University of London. Interestingly he did not begin to practice law until he moved to Brazil, his previous occupation being a police officer with the London Metropolitan Police.
Three years ago he decided to open his own boutique law firm with his business partner where he currently practices. He offers a broad range of IP services principally in the area registration and protection of trademarks, patents, software and copyright; licensing contracts including transferring technology and rendering technical services; as well as protection of domain names, trade secrets and rights of image. The firm’s current client portfolios include Volkswagen, Audi/Lamborghini, Tencent Holdings, The Financial Times, Laura Ashley Limited, DTS, Inc. and Chelsea Football Club Limited.
Past Speaking engagements have been with ITMA (Institute of Trademark Attorneys – a British organization), the International Trademark Association (INTA) as well as Webinars. He is a member of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), INTA and ITMA and has contributed to journals such as World Trademark Review, Copyright World, and World IP Review.
In his spare time, he tries to keep in shape by cycling and swimming, likes to study ancient civilizations and tries to improve his culinary skills. During this year’s Olympics and Para-Olympics in Rio he was a volunteer assisting members of the International Olympic Committee.