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James K. Leonard, Ph.D.

Associate

Education

University of Wisconsin–Madison, J.D.
  • Mock Trial Team, Moot Court, and Wisconsin Journal of Law Gender and Society
University of Florida, Ph.D.
  • Organic Chemistry
University of Florida, M.S.
  • Pharmacy (Medicinal Chemistry)
University of Michigan, B.S.
  • Chemistry (Honors) and Spanish

Prior Employment

  • Price Heneveld LLP, Associate Attorney, 2015-2018
  • Eastman Chemical Company, IP Attorney, 2012-2015

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Intellectual Property Owners Association, U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee Member

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Overview
Experience
Community

Overview

Dr. James Leonard is a registered patent attorney with experience representing clients from a wide range of technologies including chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, cosmetic, food science, nutritional supplement, and medical device. 

  • Prepares and prosecutes patent applications
  • Counsels clients on patentability and invalidity opinions
  • Drafts and negotiates license and nondisclosure agreements
  • Conducts IP due diligence and analyzes freedom-to-operate issues

Experience

  • Drafted and prosecuted patents in a variety of technical areas such as polymer chemistries, advanced materials, pharmaceutical, and biotechnologies
  • Assisted an international automotive supplier in developing global patent and licensing strategies for a new polymer technology platform used across their product lines
  • Conducted intellectual property due diligence for chemical industry clients regarding research investments and potential asset purchases and mergers

Community

St. Thomas Education Foundation Board, Member

St. Thomas the Apostle School Board, Member