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markrodgers@designip.com

Mark L. Rodgers

Special Counsel

Mark has 35 years of broad-based IP experience, including 14 years as chief IP counsel for a Fortune 500 company.  Mark has extensive experience in patent and trademark preparation and prosecution, licensing of IP assets, IP opinions, IP portfolio strategies and management, and IP litigation.  During his tenure as chief IP counsel, Mark was responsible for large, worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, participated in patent opposition and appeal proceedings in Europe and Asia, managed multiple IP litigations, and had primary responsibility for IP issues on several significant M&A transactions.

Areas of technology for which Mark has experience include air separation technology, including membrane and absorbent-based separation techniques, polymers, 

surfactants and related colloidal and surface chemistry, chemical compositions for electronics manufacturing, industrial and food cryogenic technology, amine chemistry, and wastewater treatment technology.

Mark has also been active in shaping IP policy, including serving as a member of the IPO Board of Directors.  During his time on the Board, he worked closely with the association’s lobbyist and met with legislators in support of passage of the America Invents Act (AIA).

Mark has retired from the practice of law.  He continues to provide business advice to our clients and continues to share his wealth of IP experience with our attorneys. 

Education
  • BA, Biology, West Virginia University - 1978

  • BA, Chemistry, West Virginia University - 1979

  • JD, College of William & Mary School of Law - 1982

 

Bar and Court Admissions
 
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive/retired)

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

 

 

 

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