Director, Maine Patent Program
Leonard Agneta teaches practical aspects of intellectual property law as they relate to his work as a university attorney and advocate for independent inventors. He has guided and mentored Maine Law students learning to practice in the Center for Law and Innovation since 2005 and was instrumental to the Center’s pioneering participation in the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. As the Center’s patent clinic supervisor, he regularly supports the Center’s public service function representing clients of the Maine Patent Program and recently supervised the Program’s filing of a successful amicus brief advocating for a change to the standard of review for patent cases.
Mr. Agneta is also involved with facilitating research and technology transfer missions of multiple campuses of the University of Maine System. His work encompasses a wide variety of functions including drafting and reviewing contracts, evaluating and protecting new technologies, and advising senior university administrators on complex legal issues. Mr. Agneta is often invited to speak about patents and technology transfer and has presented to audiences in Maine and Canada. His present interests include promoting a small claims patent court and connecting with attorneys and inventors concerned about legislation diminishing the rights of patent holders.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, Mr. Agneta coordinated technology transfer activities for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and provided legal counsel to the University of Nebraska System. As director of the UNMC Intellectual Property Office, he improved and supervised its operation and chaired several interdisciplinary committees responsible for guiding and administering technology transfer. His work at UNMC included originating an innovative legal intern program that continues to train patent attorneys and other technology transfer professionals. As counsel for UNS, Mr. Agneta helped advance university policy and became an expert at university law pertaining to research, technology transfer, and related contracts.
Mr. Agneta is a patent attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He began his legal career representing small businesses and independent inventors in private practice. Before becoming an attorney he was a medical technologist specializing in clinical microbiology. He financed his undergraduate education by serving as a soldier in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army and was decorated for conduct. Agneta received his law degree and B.S in Medical Technology from the University of New Mexico and is a member of the National Association of University Attorneys and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He serves as Maine Law’s representative on the Maine Economic Improvement Advisory Committee and is the founding chair of the Patent Review Committee of the University of Southern Maine.