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  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D. and B.C.L., 2005; Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 65
  • Louisiana Tech University, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, 2002, cum laude
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Michael Leachman
Partner
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.248.2420 tel
225.248.3120 fax

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Michael Leachman is a partner in the Intellectual Property practice area within the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He is a Registered Patent Attorney and practices in all areas of intellectual property law.

Mr. Leachman's patent practice focuses on patent litigation, opinions, IP due diligence, licensing and prosecution covering a wide range of technologies. He has represented both patent holders and accused infringers in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including major patent venues such as the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Mr. Leachman is also experienced in handling all aspects surrounding the prosecution of both domestic and foreign patents in the mechanical, chemical, biomedical, bioscience, and nanotechnology fields. His patent transactions practice includes the preparation of patent licenses and assignments, patent infringement opinions, validity opinions, freedom-to-operate opinions, confidentiality agreements, and employment and consulting contracts. 

Mr. Leachman's trademark practice focuses on helping clients acquire, protect, and enforce both domestic and foreign trademarks. He provides counseling and representation extending to all facets of trademark law. Mr. Leachman's practice includes counseling clients in their selection of trademarks; providing trademark availability and registerability opinions; preparing, filing, and prosecuting trademark applications in the U.S. and abroad; and policing potentially infringing uses of clients' marks. Mr. Leachman also has experience handling trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation in both federal and state courts. In addition, he has represented clients in trademark matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Mr. Leachman's copyright practice involves all aspects of copyright protection, licensing, and enforcement. Mr. Leachman is experienced in obtaining copyright registrations; advising clients regarding ownership disputes; and preparing and negotiating licensing agreements, assignments, and employment contracts. He also has experience preparing and negotiating software-related agreements, such as software development agreements, software licenses, and software maintenance and support contracts on behalf of both licensors and licensees. He has litigated copyright issues on behalf of copyright owners and accused infringers in federal court.

Mr. Leachman is a 2005 graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, where he received his juris doctor degree and Bachelor in Civil Law, and was a Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, with honors, from Louisiana Tech University in 2002.

Patent Cases

  • Promethean Insulation Technology LLC v. SOPREMA, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-0004-JRG-RSP, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: patent infringement action involving reflective insulation.
  • Promethean Insulation Technology LLC v. SOPREMA, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-00028-JRG-RSP, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: patent infringement action involving reflective insulation.
  • Kappa Digital, LLC vs. Globalstar, Inc. et. al., Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-863, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas: patent infringement action involving satellite-enabled telecommunication systems.
  • In the Matter of Certain Reduced Folate Nutraceutical Products and L-Methylfolate Raw Ingredients Used Therein, Investigation No. 337-TA-857, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC: patent infringement action involving prescription vitamin supplements.
  • 911 Notify, LLC v. Globalstar, Inc. , Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-00083, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware: patent infringement action involving a real-time emergency telecommunication device.
  • Kadant Johnson, Inc. v. Louisiana Steam Equipment, LLC et al., Civil Action No. 10-CV-02869, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: patent infringement action involving rotary steam joints for use in paper machines.
  • Barnett Outdoors, LLC v. Hunter's Manufacturing Company, Inc.,Civil Action No. 08-1916, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana: patent infringement action involving crossbows.
  • Jens Erik Sorenson et. al. v. Axonn, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 08-1916, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California: patent infringement action involving injection-molded plastic technology.

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Presentations

  • "International Patent Protection: Where in the World Should You File", September 10, 2014, New Orleans BioInnovation Center Lunch Seminar
  • "Legally Protecting Software: Benefits, Pitfalls and Misconceptions", March 26, 2014, Idea Village's New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2014
  • "America Invents Act: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know", July 19, 2012
  • "Identifying Potential Patent Assets", March 14, 2012
  • "The Business of Innovation: Considerations & Strategies for Innovative Technology.", May 21, 2011
  • "Security Breach Alert: Legal Protection & Remedies Available in the U.S. Civil Courts", October 2008
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Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association