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Intellectual Property Lawyer Mark S. Leonardo Joins Nutter as Partner

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Nutter announced today the arrival of Mark S. Leonardo, who joins the firm as a partner in its Intellectual Property Department. Drawing on his deep experience in engineering, computer science, technology, and brand development, Leonardo advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property strategy, including commercial exploitation and management of patent and trademark portfolios, patent and trademark procurement, patent and trademark litigation, and opinion counseling on complex legal and technical issues.

Leonardo regularly counsels clients in developing comprehensive patent and trademark portfolios that protect their products and brands; negotiating technology development, licensing, and technology transfer agreements, including software licensing; and advising on trade secrets and unfair competition. He has extensive experience in complex patent and trademark litigation and often represents technology companies in asserting patent and trademark rights and defending patent and trademark infringement claims. In addition, Leonardo frequently advises clients in connection with the acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights in transactions, including corporate due diligence and intellectual property investigations in conjunction with acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, secured transactions, venture financing, and public offerings.

“Mark is a seasoned and versatile intellectual property lawyer who knows how to help companies and brands capitalize on their competitive advantages,” said Nutter Co-Managing Partner Michael E. Scott. Nutter Co-Managing Partner Liam T. O’Connell added, “Mark brings a unique combination of business acumen and intellectual property expertise that will bolster our existing capabilities and benefit our clients. We are delighted to welcome him to Nutter.”

Prior to joining Nutter, Leonardo was a partner in the Boston office of an international law firm. Before that, he served as a patent examiner in the biomedical and medical device arts at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Leonardo is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Boston Patent Law Association, and the American and Boston Bar Associations. He serves as a guest lecturer and panelist at MIT, Boston University, and Babson College, and often writes and presents on intellectual property topics. Leonardo earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his B.S. and M.E. from the University of Massachusetts.

Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department advises clients on a broad array of issues, including patent portfolio development, counseling, and prosecution; IP due diligence; litigation; trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; technology licensing; international IP rights; opinions of counsel; and more. Nutter attorneys help clients to unlock the value of their IP, creating revenue streams from licensing and sales. Global corporations, mid-market and emerging companies, major universities and research institutions, inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs turn to Nutter’s team for a wide variety of IP matters. Nutter is recognized in the WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2020 and Best Lawyers in America 2020 for Patent Law and Trademark Law.

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Nutter is a Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, early stage entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s business and finance, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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