Practice Areas

Intellectual Property
Portfolio Management
Patent Prosecution
Patent Counseling


Juris Doctor (cum laude), Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2005

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1991

M.S.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1987

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1985

M.S. in Computer, Information and Control Engineering, University of Michigan, 1982

B.S. in Physics, National University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 1981

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Leo Boutsikaris

Of Counsel

Leonidas Boutsikaris comes to Guntin & Gust with extensive domestic and international IP experience in high technology fields including: optical devices, lasers, optical waveguides, liquid crystal displays, optical sensors, lenses, solar cells, semiconductors, medical devices, printers and copiers, wireless communication systems, and computer games and systems.  Over the years, using his deep technological knowledge and legal experience, Dr. Boutsikaris has provided counseling to clients on a wide range of matters, including patent prosecution strategies and patentability.

Most recently, at Quarles & Brady LLP, Dr. Boutsikaris drafted patent applications and prosecuted patents for higher educational institutions.  In years prior, he counseled large high-tech international clients at Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP and Nixon & Vanderhye, PC, where he drafted patent applications, prosecuted patents, and drafted appeal briefs and reply briefs, including conducting oral arguments, before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Before working in private practice, Dr. Boutsikaris was a Primary Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office examining applications in several classes, including classes 359 and 385.   He achieved a Bronze Medal Award and a Master’s Level Examining Status at the USPTO and received several recognition awards during his tenure.

Other Professional Experience

Dr. Boutsikaris began his career as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. From there, he joined FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology) in Greece as a Research Scientist and Deputy Head for the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Laser and Application Division, Applied Optics and Optical Information Processing Group. At FORTH, he conducted basic and applied original research, led research projects in scientific areas including dynamic holography and development of new optoelectronic materials suitable for optical recording, and he also secured funding for FORTH from the European Union.