Frank Leak devotes most of his practice to intellectual property, complex litigation, privacy and data security, and money transmitter/money services compliance. For the last 17 years, he has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US).
Frank has experience in complex litigation involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, and various other commercial litigation matters. His practice also includes patent and trademark prosecution, searches and opinions, including freedom-to-operate, patentability, noninfringement, and invalidity opinions.
Frank's data security and privacy law practice includes data breach incident management, audits, risk assessments, and working with in house counsel to develop comprehensive information management programs. Frank applies his CIPP/US training and certification toward representation of companies and private individuals in the prosecution and defense of privacy related cases. This includes defense of companies facing federal and/or state enforcement actions.
Frank guides companies through the complex federal and state regulatory framework affecting money transmitters. He has effectively managed money transmitter licensing initiatives.
The first 10 years of Frank's 17-year career involved defending companies in intellectual property and complex commercial disputes at Am Law 200 firms, Alston & Bird, LLP and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP. He has litigated cases in federal district courts across the country, as well as in North Carolina state courts, including the North Carolina Business Court. Frank has also tried criminal cases. Frank enjoys teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University – School of Law. He has been married for 24 years and is the proud father of three daughters.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Law, JD, 2001
North Carolina State University, MS - Microbiology/Molecular Biology, 1997
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA – History, 1990
North Carolina (2001)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Professional & Community Activities
Wake Forest University – School of Law
North Carolina Bar Association, Member
International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member
Pro Bono Services to Local Non-Profits