Robert P. Leeson

Associate

Philadelphia
T +1.215.564.3265
F +1.215.568.3439

Overview

Robert Leeson is a developing litigator with experience in all phases of litigation, from the start of discovery through post-trial motions. With an aptitude for creative solutions to broad problems, he draws from his engineering and business backgrounds to advise on the efficacy of long-term strategies and implementation of effective legal solutions. 

Robert’s developing practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. He works primarily with patent matters, but also has experience working with matters that involve trademarks and copyrights, and has been involved in a variety of cases involving technology issues. Notably, Robert has experience with technologies involving computer networking, hardware, manufacturing and life sciences.

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  • Represented software developer client in a month-long trial in the Northern District of Illinois. Jury rendered verdict in favor of client.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client on the eve of trial in a civil rights enforcement action.
  • Presented oral argument in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and successfully defeated multiple summary judgment claims in a civil rights enforcement action.
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Experience

  • Represented software developer client in a month-long trial in the Northern District of Illinois. Jury rendered verdict in favor of client.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for client on the eve of trial in a civil rights enforcement action.
  • Presented oral argument in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and successfully defeated multiple summary judgment claims in a civil rights enforcement action.
  • Represented clients as local counsel in PA federal district court jurisdictions.
  • Conducted multiple eyewitnesses’ depositions involving medical professionals and correctional officers in a civil rights enforcement action.
  • Prepared patent applications and Office Action responses for clients in fields related to fluid dispensing technology, laboratory research equipment, medical instrumentation, sports stadium equipment, and manufacturing tools and technology.
  • Prepared patent strategy documentation for a beverage packing company to assist in developing strategies for the client to ensure protection of existing and future intellectual property rights.
  • Assisted clients with handling a data breach security incident involving hundreds of educational and non-profits institutions, including drafting incident notification letters for individuals affected by the incident and drafting closing memorandums with recommendations to clients based on forensic expert reports. Also, drafting regulatory notice letters to state attorneys general.
  • Handled multiple discovery issues for various client matters, including: drafting request for productions, request for admissions and interrogatories; drafting responses to request for productions, request for admissions and interrogatories; and handling document review.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • LexisNexis: Legal Research Certificate

Memberships

  • Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Ben Franklin Inn of Court
  • Northampton County Bar Association
  • ASME Philadelphia

Community

  • Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout

Pro Bono

  • Represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases through the Prisoner Rights Panel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • Assists in the prosecution of patent applications for qualifiying low-income individuals.
  • Provides legal advice to qualifying startup companies regarding their IP rights during initial development.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Richard G. Andrew, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware: Extern
  • Northampton County District Attorney's Office: Intern

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Pennsylvania

Education

  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law, 2019; Corporate Law Society; Intellectual Property Society
  • M.B.A., Villanova University, 2019
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The Catholic University of America, 2016, magna cum laude; Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors Society)