Mark received his B.S. in Microbiology from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law). While at UNH School of Law, he served as Issue Editor of IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology. He is currently a member of the Bars of Massachusetts, New York and Wisconsin. He is licensed to practice before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mark is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Registration No. 35,068).
Mark is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Licensing Executives Society - USA & Canada (LES), Licensing Executives Society - International (LESI), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Before attending law school, Mark worked in sales and marketing for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
After receiving his law degree, Mark served as outside patent counsel for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and as a marketing and legal consultant for Harvard Medical School’s “Funds for Discovery Program” (a seed fund for biotechnology start-ups), among other entrepreneurial activities. In 2000, Mark became Associate General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel-CCF Innovations, for Cleveland Clinic, a major academic medical center. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Mark was a Licensing Associate with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the technology transfer management organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at WARF, Mark was responsible for marketing computer science, multimedia, pharmaceutical and biotechnological technologies to private industry.
From 2002-2005, Mark represented the United States via the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a member of the “Expert Group on Best Practice Guidelines for the Licensing of Genetic Inventions.” Mark is a Past Co-Chair of the LES Joint Biomedical Device Committee and from 2004-2008 served as a member of the Executive Board of the LES Healthcare Industry Sector. Mark currently serves as Co-Chair of the Certified Licensing Professional's (CLP™) Marketing and Outreach Committee and the LES Industry-University-Government Interface (IUGI) Sector's Liaison to the LES Cleantech Cross-Sector Committee and recently became Chair-elect of the LES IUGI Sector for FY2013.
On April 10-11, 2008, Mark was a featured lecturer at the International Science and Technology Center’s (ISTC) Technology Commercialization Seminar on “Advanced Topics in Technology Transfer and Commercialization” held in Moscow, Russian Federation. On April 26, 2011 (World Intellectual Property Day), Mark was a featured lecturer at the World Congress of Marine Biotechnology on "The IP and Commercialization Aspects of Algae in the Biofuel Industry" held in Dalian, Peoples Republic of China.
Mark previously served on the Editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal and the Editorial Advisory Board of the AUTM Journal. Since 2007, Mark has served as Editor of the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual, a four-volume treatise that focuses on academic technology transfer, and is a current member of AUTM's Council of Wise Minds. Mark is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, the OSU and UNH School of Law Alumni Associations and the Hudson Union Society.
To date, Mark has completed over 5,000 licensing, sponsored research, clinical trial, technology transfer, general business and intellectual property-related agreements, has been involved in the creation of 19 high-technology companies, has given 107 public presentations on a variety of relevant topics and has 31 publications, including four book chapters. Mark is designated as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP™) and as a Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP™), is certified as a Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP™), has garnered the highest rating of “AV” by the Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Peer Review Rating System® and is currently Of Counsel - Licensing for Hahn & Voight, PLLC (Washington, DC).
Mark is also an Adjunct Professor in the University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, where he teaches a course entitled Technology Licensing: Law and Practice.