Fox Welcomes Veteran Trademark Attorney Michael J. Leonard

May 16, 2013 – Press Releases

Continuing to add significant depth to its nationwide Intellectual Property bench, Fox is proud to welcome experienced trademark and copyright lawyer Michael J. Leonard to the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Keenly adept at managing and enforcing domestic and international intellectual property rights, Mr. Leonard is a go-to resource on trademarks, copyrights and other IP-related issues for clients in the telecommunications, computer software and technology, entertainment and sports, pharmaceutical, chemical, food and beverage, publishing, scientific research and apparel industries.

“Michael maintains an impressive trademark practice domestically and internationally that brings an exceptional value to our clients here in Philadelphia and beyond,” said Mark L. Morris, office managing partner. “His extensive capabilities and deep knowledge of the nuances of trademark law are a terrific asset for Fox and move us forward in our continued goal of offering clients comprehensive services that will protect and maximize their trademarks.”

Mr. Leonard provides strategic counsel on the availability and adoption of trademarks as well as the management and enforcement of trademark portfolios in the United States and abroad. He also represents clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and various U.S. district courts.

In addition, Mr. Leonard routinely advises on Internet and domain name disputes and handles IP transactions involving trademark and copyright licenses, due diligence and portfolio audits. He also counsels clients in U.S. and foreign copyright matters, U.S. customs enforcement, branding, false advertising, right of publicity and labeling issues.

Deeply committed to this area of the law, Mr. Leonard maintains active membership with the International Trademark Association (INTA), Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG) and Marques, the Association of European Trademark Holders.

Mr. Leonard holds an L.L.M. in International Intellectual Property Law from Munich Intellectual Property Law Center at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property. He earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1997 and his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Leonard served as chair of the trademark and copyright group at Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel in Philadelphia.

Fox is home to a nationwide team of more than 80 intellectual property professionals, many with Ph.D.s and other advanced degrees in various scientific and technical disciplines. Over the past year, the firm has welcomed a number of prestigious IP attorneys. In 2012, Fox expanded its footprint to the Mountain West region of the United States with an office in Denver, Colo., and the addition of Neal S. Cohen. Cohen broadened Fox’s patent prosecution and patent litigation capabilities and also brought extensive experience in intellectual property, litigation and regulatory guidance to the firm.

Other IP attorneys who recently moved their practices to Fox include Jeff E. Schwartz and Sunwoo Lee, Ph.D., in Washington, DC; Lena N. Bacani in Los Angeles; and James M. Singer, publisher of the nationally renowned “IP Spotlight” blog, in Pittsburgh.