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Paul K. Legaard

Paul K. Legaard is a partner in the Berwyn office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Dr. Legaard is a patent attorney who handles all aspects of intellectual property. His practice is concentrated particularly in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, biotechnology, biomedical devices, scientific instrumentation, and oligonucleotide, small molecule and polymer chemistry industries.

Areas of Dr. Legaard’s expertise include:

  • patent procurement: prosecution, patentability assessment, reissues, reexaminations, and appeals before the USPTO
  • due diligence: inventorship and ownership analysis; portfolio analysis including inequitable conduct issues and scope assessment; and freedom to operate and validity searches, analyses, and opinions for all types of licensing and financing deals
  • transactional: material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements, collaboration agreements and licensing
  • client counseling: patent application and claim drafting strategies, prosecution strategies, related regulatory issues and foreign filing strategy.
Dr. Legaard joined Pepper from Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he had practiced at Woodcock Washburn LLP, a Philadelphia patent boutique, for nearly ten years.

Dr. Legaard received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) (B.A. 1986). He completed his fourth year in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, and received his doctoral training in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Ph.D. 1991). After post-doctoral training at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital (Columbia, Mo.) and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Legaard received his J.D. in 1997 from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Dr. Legaard is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and registered before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



Education
B.A. 1986 Gustavus Adolphus College (Biology)
Ph.D. 1991 University of Missouri - Columbia (Molecular Biology and Immunology)
J.D. 1997 Temple University Beasley School of Law


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Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Paul K. Legaard
Partner
Phone: 610.640.7859
Fax: 610.640.7835
legaardp@pepperlaw.com
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Office(s)
Berwyn

Practice Area(s)
Intellectual Property
Life Sciences

Non-Compete and Trade Secrets Practice Team
Technology and IP Transactions


Articles


Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustment Provisions

Human Genes Are Not Patent Eligible Subject Matter


Paying Your Dues ... Your Maintenance Fees Will Become Significantly More Expensive

Supreme Court Rules Diagnostic Method an Unpatentable Law of Nature


A Primer on the New Patent Law

Federal Circuit Rules that Isolated DNA Molecules Are Patentable Subject Matter


Federal Circuit Tightens Standard for Inequitable Conduct

Applicants Will Be Able to Delay Examination for 12 Months Under New USPTO Pilot Program


Federal Circuit Expands ‘Specification’ Exception for Obviousness-Type Double Patenting Rejections

USPTO Announces PCT-Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program


Statements Made to a Foreign Patent Office Can Hurt You

Federal Circuit Rejects USPTO’s Formula for Calculating PTA


False Marking Penalty Is Imposed on a Per-Article Basis

USPTO Provides Small Entities an Opportunity to Move to the Head of the Line


USPTO Changes RCE Docketing: Delayed Prosecution?

Bayh-Dole Act Fails to Rescue University’s Standing in Patent Infringement Suit


Patent Rules Update and Case Law Update - July 29, 2009

Case Law Update and Legislative Update - May 7, 2009


Case Law Update and Legislative Update - April 1, 2009

European Patent Office to Restrict Filings of Divisional Applications



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