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The Leading-Edge Law Group, PLC, is a full-service intellectual property law firm. We specialize in trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology licensing and commercialization (including software and software-as-a-service). Please see our practice areas description for more information.

Our signature specialty is performing trademark infringement watching and policing. We use procedures and resources we have developed over many years and that we treat as a trade secret.

We represent businesses of all sizes to meet their IP and IT legal needs. Our clients range from publicly traded companies to small businesses.

We have a second Leading-Edge Law Group website that is dedicated to explaining trademark infringement monitoring and policing and our extensive practice in that area. This website explains what it is, why it is crucial, and how it can boost a business’s value in sales, business-sale value and franchising. Please visit

Latest News  

22nd Annual Virginia Intellectual Property Legal Institute. This is Virginia CLE’s flagship IP program and an annual update program covering each major IP area. It was presented in October 2021. As usual, the program was presented by Virginia CLE and has 7 hours of CLE including 2 ethics hours. As always, our John Farmer assembled and moderated the program and gave the talk on recent trademark law developments. Video replays are be available here. The 22nd annual program will be on October 21, 2022. It will be available both in person and by webinar.

Essentials of Trademarks CLE. For Virginia CLE, John Farmer recently taught a seminar on the essentials of trademark law. The program is available as a video replay here.

Trademark Aspects of Launching a New Brand or Rebranding CLE. For Virginia CLE, John Farmer is teaching a seminar on best practices and commonplace mistakes in launching a new brand and rebranding. This webinar will be presented by Virginia CLE on April 14, 2022, and May 26, 2022. Afterward, it will be available for video replay.

Trademarks and Social Media CLE. For Virginia CLE, John Farmer recently taught a two-hour seminar on the intersection of trademarks and social media. The program is available for video replay here.


Our firm was named by Best Lawyers in America in its 2021 rankings as a Tier 1 firm in the Richmond area for trademark law and copyright law. In addition, it listed Ian Titley as a top attorney in both trademark and copyright law, and John Farmer as a top lawyer in trademark law, trade secret law, copyright law, and IP litigation. It also listed Ian Titley as 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Trademark Law in Richmond and John Farmer as 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Copyright Law in Richmond. Best Lawyers in America has listed Ian in intellectual property law every year since 2005, and John in intellectual property law every year since 2007.

Chambers USA recently released updated rankings for 2021. Chambers USA bases its evaluations on interviews of other lawyers and of clients. It tabbed John Farmer as being a recommended IP lawyer in Virginia. Chambers has recommended John Farmer every year since 2005.

Where We Are: LELG’s offices are in Richmond, Virginia. For more information about LELG or the content of this website, please contact John B. Farmer.