Other Attorneys

Mark R. Bilak

Member, BSEE, MSEE, JD

Scott Bloebaum

Member, BS/MS/PhD EE, JD

Patrick P. Hansen

Senior Associate, BSEE, JD

Daniel P. Homiller

Member, BEE, MSEE, MBA, JD

Marc Johnson

Patent Agent, BSEE, MSEE

Michael D. Murphy

Member, BSEE, JD

J. Michael O'Neill

Senior Associate, BSEE, JD

Bret Tingey

Senior Associate, BS Applied Physics, JD

Justin Leonard

Of Counsel, BSECE, BSCS, JD

Education: B.S.E.C.E. (magna cum laude), B.S.C.S., J.D.
Registrations: Patent attorney before USPTO
State Bar Admissions: NC
Federal Court Admissions: E.D. of NC

Justin brings to MBH over 10 years’ experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the electrical and communication fields. Preferred by patent-savvy companies for his skill in crafting plain-English claims to broadly cover complex inventions, Justin routinely drafts strategic and high-valued patent applications for clients recognized among the world’s top patent filers.

Justin’s patent work spans all aspects of telecommunications, from physical layer signal processing and RF circuitry to higher-layer software protocols, positioning, and security. With a focus on his clients’ business interests in the telecommunications industry and a low-level understanding of the 4G and 5G telecommunication standards, Justin has deep experience in building standard-essential patent portfolios designed to withstand scrutiny in due diligence and litigation. Justin’s patent work also extends to technology areas involving the internet-of-things (IoT) and smart homes, vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications, power transmission and distribution systems, memory devices, robotic tooling, computer networking and graphics, consumer devices, web technologies and interfaces, and video encoding.

Justin’s work at MBH further includes counseling corporate and individual clients with opinions on patent freedom to operate, non infringement, and validity, as well as trademark freedom to operate. He provides due diligence evaluations, prepares technology-related agreements, and represents patent owners and third-party requesters in patent reexaminations.

Justin graduated from Duke University, magna cum laude, with both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he was an active leader of the Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association.

Justin is admitted to the practice of law in the State of North Carolina, before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Tau Beta Phi National Honor Society.