Jackson Walker congratulates Houston partner Leisa Talbert Peschel on her instatement as the Chair of the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section. Leisa automatically ascended to the Chair position after completing her previous one-year term as Chair-Elect. Prior to that term, Leisa served as an officer on the Section’s Council as 2018–2019 Vice-Chair and 2016–2018 Secretary.
The State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section focuses on educating Texans about intellectual property, connecting lawyers and law students across the state, and serving others by offering pro bono workshops, scholarships, and support for STEM activities in Texas. The Section includes four substantive law committees—Copyright, Patent, Trademark, and Trade Secrets—and nine member services committees.
Leisa Talbert Peschel is an intellectual property trial lawyer. Leisa leverages her scientific background to gain an understanding of a client’s technology to better position her client throughout a case. She has been involved in cases dealing with a wide array of technologies, including Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), biotechnology research tools, chemical compositions, dental imaging technology, secondary containment structures, audio compression technology, display technologies, plastics, pipe thread compounds, blow-out preventers, security systems, computer software methods, and electronics.
In addition to her litigation experience, Leisa maintains an active transactional practice. Leisa counsels clients on how to obtain, enforce, and license intellectual property. She also gives strategic guidance regarding intellectual property transactions, which includes performing due diligence on intellectual property portfolios. Her transactional practice also includes preparing patent opinions of counsel, including freedom-to-operate, noninfringement, and invalidity opinions. Leisa’s scientific background is particularly helpful to clients seeking an opinion of counsel relating to biotechnology, chemical, or oil field services products.
Leisa is also a frequent author and speaker on intellectual property law topics. She has spoken on matters relating to corporate patent policies, Supreme Court IP cases, patent infringement defenses (including section 101 and 112 defenses), licensing, patent damages, indemnification, patent reform, concurrent district court litigation and post-grant review proceedings, standing, e-discovery, the intersection of science and the law, and design patent infringement.