Paul K. Legaard

Paul K. Legaard


Berwyn, PA
Phone: 610.640.7859    Fax: 610.640.7835

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 10 years.


  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), 1986
  • Ph.D., Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1991
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Practice Areas