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Leonard Richard Svensson

Leonard Richard Svensson

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP

Falls Church, VA, USA


EDUCATION

George Mason University School of Law, Arlington,VA, J.D.,  November 1983 (with distinction)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, B. S., 1975 (Specialty:  Biochemistry)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Virginia, 1984; California, 1999.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Supreme Court of Virginia and District Courts in Virginia and California.

EXPERIENCE

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP, Partner

  • Prepared, filed and prosecuted numerous patent applications in the areas of biotechnology, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals and organic chemistry since 1982.
  • Numerous patent interferences and at all stages of the proceedings.
  • Prepared, filed and prosecuted a variety of reexamination and reissue applications.
  • Numerous appeals before the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.
  • Experienced in District Court patent infringement litigations.
  • Counseled clients for numerous opinions on patent validity and infringement issues.
  • Managed worldwide patent portfolios, including prosecution of applications and management of oppositions in numerous countries.
  • Conducted due diligence studies regarding corporate intellectual patent portfolios.

University of San Diego School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law – Biotechnology Patent Law

Shlesinger, Arkwright, Garvey & Dinsmore, Arlington, VA.
Technical Assistant/Patent Searcher

Hazelton Laboratories, Vienna, VA
Technician, technical writer

Presentations and Publications

Prepared and presented numerous lectures and seminars in the United States and abroad regarding U.S. patent law. The following are examples of some recent presentations:

- July 2002 – Presentation at SRI Conference on “Patentability of Genes”
- April 2003 – Presentation at Whittier Law School IP Seminar Series on “Recent Issues in the Patenting of Life Sciences”
- April 2003 – Presentation at OCPLA Monthly Meeting on Interference Practice
- November 2003 – Presentation at OCPLA Monthly Meeting on Practical Implications of the Federal Circuit’s Decision in Festo.
- April – May 2004 – Moderator for panels speaking at Whittier Law School IP Spring Seminar Series.
- October 2004 – Presentation on Patent Claim Strategies for the United States, and Moderator for panel discussion on Reach Through Claims at FICPI Forum, Venice, Italy.
- June 2005 – Two day seminar at Helsinki Technical University, Finland on US Patent Practice.
- October 2005 – Presentation on “Non-Litigation Methods for Challenging a Competitor’s Patent”, VPP Conference, Weimar, Germany.
- October 2005 – Presentation on “Comparative Claim Drafting – Revisiting Some Old Issues with New Developments”, FICPI Forum, Lisbon, Portugal.
- September 2006  – Presentation at Orange County Patent Lawyers Association on “Pre-Appeal Brief Conferences at the USPTO”
- January 2007 – Presentations on “Electronic Filing at the USPTO” and “The USPTO Struggles with Biotech: An Update”; Patent Law  Institue 2007,  San Francisco, California.
- October 2007 – Presenation on “Post-Grant Procedures: Present and Future”, BIO IP Counsels Meeting, New York, New York.
- November 2007 – Moderate two day seminar sessions on “A Day in the Life of a 21st Century E-Office”, FICPI Forum, Seville, Spain.
- January 2008 – Presentations on “Electronic Filing at the USPTO” and “PTO/Pharma Trends – News to Report”; Practicing Law  Institue 2008,  San Francisco, California.
- June 2008 – “Prior Art & Obviousness 2008: The PTO and CAFC Perspective on Practicing Law Sections 102 & 103,  Patent Law  Institue 2008,  San Francisco, California.
- April 2009 – “Adapting to Changing IP Laws”, presentation at BIOCOM Spring IP Workshop, San Diego, California
- September 2009 – “Section 102(a) and (b) and the CAFC 2009”,  Practicing Law  Institue 2009,  San Francisco, California.
- October 2009 – “IP Challenges for Inventions Related to High Throughput Screening”, BIOCOM IP Workshop, San Diego, California
- January and March 2010 – “Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation”, co-chair and speaker, Practicing Law  Institue San Francisco and Chicago.
- March 2010 – “All Things Chemical and Biotechnical at the PTO”, Practicing Law  Institue, San Francisco, California.
- September 2010 - “Section 102(a) and (b) and the CAFC 2010”,  Practicing Law  Institue 2010,  San Francisco, California
- January 20101– “Reissue and Reexamination Strategies and Tactics with Concurrent Litigation”, co-chair and speaker, Practicing Law  Institue San Francisco
- February 2011 - “All Things Chemical and Biotechnical at the PTO”, Practicing Law  Institue, San Francisco, California”
- July 2011 - “Section 102(a) and (b) and the CAFC 2011” and “Impact of KSRat the USPTO”,  Practicing Law  Institue 2011,  San Francisco, California
- August 2011 – “Change Agents: Impact of US Patent Law Developments On Your Patent Portfolio Management”, Ipendo 2011 User Forum, La Jolla, California.
- October 2011 - “Prior Use and the AIA”, ”,  Practicing Law  Institue 2010,  San Francisco, California
- December, 2011 – “Impact of Patent Reform on Your Patent Portfolio”, Connect Policy Forum, San Diego, California.
- March, 2012 – “All Things Chemical and Biotechnological at the PTO”, Practicing Law  Institue 2010,  San Francisco, California
-  July,, 2012 – “Prior Art, Obviousness, and the America Invents Act in 2012”,  Practicing Law  Institue 2010,  New York and San Francisco.
- November 2012 – “Patents: Prosecution, Global View”, Intellectual Property & Licensing Workshop, San Diego Center for Systems Biology, San Diego, California
- March 2013 – “Implementing the AIA – First to File: The New 102 Timelines and Deadlines, Practicing Law  Institue 2013,  San Francisco, California
- March 2013 – “All Things Chemical and Biotech, Practicing Law  Institue 2013,  San Francisco, California

 

LEONARD R. SVENSSON, ABSTRACT

Leonard Svensson is a partner in the firm of Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP and is a partner in firm’s office in San Diego, California. Mr. Svensson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, a juris doctorate degree in law, and is a member of the Virginia and California State bars. He has experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including prosecution of patent applications in the United States and abroad, opposition proceedings in the EPO and Japan, infringement actions in U. S. Federal District Court, patent interferences and appeals. He also has experience counseling in patent validity and infringement issues, handling worldwide patent portfolios and conducting product clearance studies in the major markets of Europe, Japan and the United States. Mr. Svensson has particular technical expertise in the fields of biotechnology (including plant biotechnology), biochemistry and pharmaceuticals.  He has lectured frequently before both U.S. and international audiences on various aspects of U.S. patent practice.

 

Leonard Richard Svensson is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts Program Overview - Program Overview , Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Inter Partes Reexamination - Formalities, Substance & Case Studies - Inter Partes Reexamination - Formalities, Substance & Case Studies , Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The AIA: New102(a) - (d) (effective March 16, 2013) - The AIA: New102(a) - (d) (effective March 16, 2013) , Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Breakout Session III: Litigation: Developments in Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation - Breakout Session III: Litigation: Developments in Pharma & Biotech Patent Litigation , Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Breakout Session V: Strategic/Transactional: Hot Topics in Technology Transfer and Licensing - Breakout Session V: Strategic/Transactional: Hot Topics in Technology Transfer and Licensing , Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) , Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) , Wednesday, June 18, 2014
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters The 1st to Try Cases at the PTAB: Patent Trials at the PTAB and District Courts - Patent Law Institute (8th Annual) , Monday, February 03, 2014
Patentability Issues Relating to Written Description and Prior Art - Patent Law Institute (8th Annual) , Monday, February 03, 2014
Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102(a)-(d) - Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 , Thursday, May 08, 2014
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio 8th Annual Patent Law Institute - Breakout Sessions IV: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transctional - Breakout Sessions IV: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transctional , Thursday, February 06, 2014
8th Annual Patent Law Institute - Breakout Sessions V: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transactional - Breakout Sessions V: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transactional , Thursday, February 06, 2014
Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) , Wednesday, June 18, 2014
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg 8th Annual Patent Law Institute - Breakout Sessions V: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transactional - Breakout Sessions V: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transactional , Thursday, February 06, 2014
8th Annual Patent Law Institute - Breakout Sessions IV: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transctional - Breakout Sessions IV: Litigation, Prosecution, Strategic/Transctional , Thursday, February 06, 2014
Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) - Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) , Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Web Segment  Web Segment Post AIA Section 102: The Complete Breakdown of 102 (a)-(d) - Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 , Wednesday, June 18, 2014
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Prior Art and Obviousness 2014: Current Trends in Sections 102 and 103 , Tuesday, July 01, 2014 , San Francisco, CA
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Law Institute (9th Annual) , Monday, March 16, 2015 , San Francisco, CA
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Patent Law Institute (9th Annual) , Monday, March 16, 2015 , San Francisco, CA
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