Katherine T. Leonard focuses on patent prosecution, litigation, and post-grant review proceedings in the biological, chemical, and pharmaceutical fields.
Kate assists with drafting new patent applications and prosecuting patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has also assisted with drafting inter partes review (IPR) petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and an appellate brief at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Prior to law school, Kate worked as a research fellow at Florida International University in an insect physiology lab, which focused on the biosynthetic pathway of the hormone responsible for development and reproduction in the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Her research specifically involved analyzing tissue expression and biochemical properties of several enzymes in adult mosquitoes. Kate’s pro bono work includes criminal defense, veterans appeals, and immigration law cases that involve obtaining political asylum for Cuban refugees.
University of Florida College of Law J.D., cum laude, 2018
Florida International University B.S., Biology, cum laude, 2011