Mark has dedicated his 17-year legal career to guiding engineering companies and university engineering centers through the development, management, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications from strategic business or licensing perspectives, as applicable. He also assists clients with intellectual property matters relating to patent litigation, trademark oppositions, written and oral opinions, trademark prosecution, copyright law, licensing, domain name disputes, the sale and licensing of intellectual property assets, and associated counseling strategies.
Mark is a respected leader in the legal community and has received the distinction of Best Lawyers® 2016 for Boston Patent and Trademark Law. In 2009, he served as the President of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA). He served as Chair of the BPLA Task Force for a Satellite Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and as founding Chair of the Invented Here! program run by the BPLA. Mark speaks frequently, addressing a variety of intellectual property topics and audiences. He lectures in legal, business, and business school forums and was the first recipient of Suffolk University Law School’s Journal of High Technology Law Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law.
Mark’s technical background includes diverse engineering technologies, such as motion control systems, robotics, telecommunications, optics, digital signal processing, optical and electrical networking, business methods, analog and digital electronics, software, GPS systems, antennas, medical devices, mechanical devices, fuel cells, and other renewable energy sources.
Mark takes a partnership approach to client matters, often personally serving on patent committees and advising on successful and cost effective U.S. and international patent strategies aimed to support the client’s unique and specific business goals.
Mark’s clients benefit from his personal industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Mark worked for ten years as an electrical, software, control systems, and opto-electronics engineer in the areas of R&D, design, development, testing, and field integration. He was an electrical/control systems engineer for Xinetics, Inc. (acquired by Northrup Grumman), which was a start-up manufacturer and systems integrator of deformable mirrors (used in the growing field of real-time adaptive optics); a control systems engineer for Itek Optical Systems, a division of Litton Industries; and an electrical and software engineer for Raytheon Company. Mark offers hands-on experience in analog and digital hardware, digital signal processors, hybrid micro-electronics, software engineering, servo control systems, process control systems, data capture and processing, signal processing, opto-electronics, digital networks, and telecommunications.