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Jim Leiz is a patent attorney who counsels clients in a wide range of intellectual property matters in a variety of technical disciplines, including medical monitors and devices, digital media delivery systems, the Internet, wireless communications, business methods, signal processing, and mechanical devices.  Jim provides timely and effective intellectual property counseling to clients ranging in size from small start-up companies to large, established, domestic and international corporations.

Jim has extensive experience representing clients in connection with patent prosecution, reexaminations, opinion matters, interferences, intellectual property transactions, and patent litigation support.  He has developed a particular proficiency in counseling clients on intellectual property asset development and management strategies.  He advises clients on how to best position their intellectual property portfolios for protecting their commercial interests in the United States and abroad.

Jim also regularly advises clients concerning third party patents, including conducting product clearances and rendering oral and written opinions of noninfringement and invalidity.  He also performs intellectual property due diligence for acquisitions of private and public companies.

Jim began his patent law career in 1999 at the law firm of Fish & Neave where he worked until its merger with Ropes & Gray in 2005 and thereafter worked at Ropes & Gray until he founded Shvarts & Leiz in 2011. In 2017, Shvarts & Leiz merged with the patent practice spin-off of Ropes & Gray to form Haley Guiliano.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2006-2016)