Mark is a partner with Husch Blackwell, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. Prior to his eighteen years of practice as an attorney, Mark worked as an engineer and engineering manager for 12 years. He worked in various technical areas, including electronic, electro-mechanical, digital and analog signal processing, software, electro-optical, display/vision systems, instrumentation, thermal/electronic airborne counter-measures, processor and control systems, digital map and radar image analysis for target recognition, and terrain following.
His past experience and current law practice, which focuses on intellectual property, make for a powerful combination. As such, Mark guides patent and trademark prosecution and overall portfolio management, both domestic and foreign, and renders patent infringement, validity and other opinions for clients in a variety of areas.
He advises clients in the areas of software, business methods, automated food processing, electronic/electrical, manufacturing and electro-mechanical design, mechanical, heavy equipment, robotics, telecommunications, utilities and petroleum exploration/production systems. Mark’s work on behalf of industry clients has included:
Mark also provides patent litigation support and litigation management. His practice encompasses various areas of intellectual property, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade secrets, technology agreements, confidentiality/nondisclosure agreements, employment/consulting agreements, cloud computing and social media policies and agreements, software escrow and data rights agreements and licensing agreements for open-source software. His practice also includes intellectual property portfolio management, including assisting clients with intellectual property valuation and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to his work in the legal field, Mark offers his time and talents in the community. Mark spent eight years with Junior Achievement mentoring high school students and has participated in various mentoring efforts at local schools. He is on the advisory board for the Jamaa Learning Center, a local charter school, as well as Independent Youth, a not-for-profit organization that teaches youth about entrepreneurship.
In addition to having a passion for education, Mark also has a passion for innovation and technology. He is coordinating partner for Husch Blackwell’s office located in the Cortex Innovation Community. As part of his efforts at Cortex, Mark participates on an advisory board for a multi-state pro bono program covering Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Mark also mentors various startups in the innovation community. He is currently trying to get a not-for-profit organization off the ground that he co-founded, the focus of which is to teach high school students about the process and importance of innovation. Mark is married to his bride of 23 years, Flora and is the proud father of two – Chloe and Caleb.