Alberto León is in private practice in Albuquerque, focusing on intellectual property rights. He provides specialized services to institutional clients, small businesses and individuals, mostly in the protection of, and disputes involving, intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. He also provides legal services in the registration, prosecution and litigation areas, including infringement litigation before the federal courts and federal administrative agencies.
León's experience includes general counsel and corporate work for closely held corporations and at least one consortium sponsoring research and development activities at a national laboratory. He has negotiated international contracts and licenses and routinely handles registration matters for business interests in Latin America.
He has been a consultant, technical adviser and expert witness in various science-related cases. Typically, those cases involved interpreting legal and high technology-related information in areas of intellectual property law and tort liability dealing with complex scientific issues.
Before becoming a lawyer, León taught graduate-level organic chemistry and radiochemistry courses at the University of New Mexico. He also directed and conducted research projects dealing with applications of organic chemistry, biochemistry and radiochemistry to cancer diagnosis. His research activities and collaborations have resulted in more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
León received a Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry with honors from the University of New Mexico. He also received a J.D. cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Florida and New Mexico, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Throughout his career, León has served on various science-related committees and boards, including the University of New Mexico Radiation Protection Subcommittee, Lovelace Institutional Review Board and Science and Technology Corporation of the University of New Mexico. He is chairman of the New Mexico Athletic Commission and has taught both Patent Law and Trademark Law classes as an adjunct professor at the UNM School of Law.