Bonnie Weiss McLeod

Of Counsel

I take pride in helping our clients strategically build their patent portfolios and effectively evaluate the strength of third-party patents.

Dr. Bonnie Weiss McLeod specializes in serving the life sciences industry in the preparation and prosecution of biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent applications, conducting diligence including noninfringement, invalidity and freedom to operate analyses, and representing clients in front of the PTAB in relation to reexaminations, IPRs and interferences. She concentrates on counseling clients, ranging from nonprofits to biotech companies of all sizes, with regard to developing and maintaining a patent strategy that is consistent with business goals.

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  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals Acquires Celator for $1.5 Billion 

  • Global cross-license achieved for Gevo in long-running biofuels patent case 

  • Cooley Builds Patent Estate for Native Microbials  

  • Vascular Biogenics Prices IPO 

  • Pretrial Win for Gevo in Patent Suit 


  • Columbus School of Law - The Catholic University of America
    JD, magna cum laude, 2001

  • University of Maryland, College Park
    PhD, Molecular Biology

  • University of Maryland, College Park
    BS, 1988

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia

Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)



  • American Bar Association

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association