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Mark Leonardo’s intellectual property practice is centered on his client’s technology, products and brands in a wide range of industries that involve transactions, enforcement, technology transfer and counseling matters. Mark advises clients with respect to business and transactional aspects of intellectual property, including commercial exploitation and management of patent and trademark portfolios, patent and trademark procurement and opinion counseling on complex legal and technical issues. He assists clients in developing comprehensive and strategic patent and trademark portfolios that maximize a company’s competitive advantage, negotiating technology development, licensing and technology transfer agreements as well as litigation and pre-litigation protective measures.
Mark works with clients to acquire, develop and exploit intellectual property assets and has specific experience in developing arrangements where patents and brands are of ultimate value. He counsels clients regarding the development and enforcement of patent and trademark portfolios, including technology, consumer products, sporting, luxury goods, hotel and leisure, and apparel companies.
Mark is particularly active in counseling clients in connection with the acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights in corporate transactions, including strategies for protecting their organization’s intellectual property, evaluating the intellectual property of their prospective business partners, assessing merger candidates, corporate due diligence and intellectual property investigations in conjunction with acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, secured transactions, venture financing and public offerings.
Mark works heavily with the Firm’s Restructuring and Finance practices in assessing intellectual property asset issues before, during and after a restructuring event as well as due diligence and valuation in financings, secured transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mark also advises borrowers and lenders about perfecting security interests in intangible property.
Mark has been able to bring a breadth of real-world experience to his clients by routinely acting as "in-house" intellectual property counsel on an as-needed basis. In doing so, Mark has been able to provide unique legal assistance in overseeing the development of intellectual property policies and strategies for client companies and individual business units. This includes analyzing, negotiating and counseling on various transactions and agreements, as well as analyzing, developing and implementing offensive and defensive strategies for competitor product lines. Prior to his work at the Firm, Mark was a Patent Examiner in the biomedical and medical device arts at the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
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