Overview

Mark is a partner in the Vorys Akron office and a member of the intellectual property (IP) group.  His practice focuses on all facets of intellectual property protection, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and intellectual property litigation.  

Mark provides IP counsel to many Fortune 1000 companies across the U.S. and around the world, helping companies create IP strategies for the procurement and protection of their IP rights.  He develops company policies concerning protection of trade secrets, internal and external invention disclosure policies, inventor recognition programs, non-competition, confidentiality, and non-solicitation policies and agreements for employees and third parties.  He also develops and manages systems for periodic review of company IP portfolios (domestic and international).  In addition, Mark has experience in evaluation and counseling concerning intellectual property rights acquired or divested in mergers and acquisitions; and in evaluation, counseling and negotiations on behalf of clients concerning transfer of intellectual property rights, including assignments and licenses.

Mark has participated in the enforcement and defense of a wide range intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and copyright infringements, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  His notable experience in this area includes serving as the primary attorney responsible for the management of international trademark procurement and enforcement efforts.  This role included the coordination of a worldwide litigation docket; participation in proceedings before the U.S. Customs Service for protection of trademarks and copyrights; and expert witness testimony on patent procurement and litigation issues.  

Mark's experience in the entertainment industry is extensive.  He has represented a variety of celebrities and athletes in the areas of product endorsement, brand licensing, development and protection of celebrities as brands, as well as in the enforcement of trademark and brand infringements worldwide. 

Mark is a member of the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.  He was also a practicing pharmacist for nearly seven years.

Mark received his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and his B.S. in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University.

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2021, 2023

IAM Strategy 300 - The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2018, 2019, 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year," 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017-2018

The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Intellectual Property and Trademark Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016

The Best Lawyers in America, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, and Trademark Law, 2008-2023

Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property, 2013-2022

Ohio Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2005-2022

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Activities

St. John/St. Paul Endowment Fund, President

Community Hall Foundation (dba Akron Civic Theatre), Capital Campaign Co-Chair 2018-2021; Board of Trustees 2007-2014; President 2011-2014

International Trademark Association, Law Firm Committee, Team Leader for the Disaster Preparedness/Business Continuity Project, 2014; Pro Bono Committee 2014; Law Firm Committee Team Leader 2012-2013; Trademark Professionals Subcommittee

Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, Past President

Leadership Akron, Class XXI, 2004-2005

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Education

University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1988

Ohio Northern University, B.S., Pharmacy, 1983

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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