University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Graduate Studies, Electrical Engineering
Wright State University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude
Admitted to Practice:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio
Mark is the former Director of Intellectual Property at the world’s leading lighting and shading control company. In his many years there, he became an expert in a huge variety of technologies involving lighting and shading, including, for example, semiconductor switching, infrared (IR) control, radio frequency (RF) control, fluorescent dimming, light emitting diode (LED) drivers, mobile applications, and motor controls. Mark and his team developed IP strategies for products including window treatments, wall-mounted dimmers, whole-home systems, and network systems for commercial buildings, museums, athletic facilities, and campuses.
Mark’s IP strategy and patent portfolio management skills across a wide breadth of technologies mirror one of CRK’s core strengths. In addition, Mark brings vast in-house experience to bear. For example, his multi-faceted IP counsel experiences lend a unique viewpoint to his practice. Mark’s work experience includes presentation of IP issues to the C-suite, process improvement, and litigation management. In addition, Mark provided strategic guidance to upper management and internal corporate clients in copyright and trademark matters. For clients seeking chief patent counsel-type consulting, Mark’s significant experience with trade secret management and licensing is a natural fit.
Mark says, “Understanding the essence of an invention, and how it gives your business a competitive advantage in the marketplace, are only the starting points for developing a comprehensive IP portfolio and protection strategy. You must also understand the needs of the business and the competitive landscape.”
Prior to his legal career, Mark proudly served in the U.S. Navy, specializing in advanced electronics.