B.Sc. (Chem.), Ph.D. (Biochem.)
Registered Patent Agent in Canada
United States Patent Agent (for Canadian Applicants)
DEGREES & APPOINTMENTS:
Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, USA
B.Sc. Chemistry, Mount Allison University, NB, Canada
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Okazaki National Research Institutes, Okazaki, Japan
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scripps Research Institute, California, USA
Mark has 20 years of experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications and patent portfolio management. He began as an in-house patent agent at a California-based biotech company and upon returning to Canada in 2006, worked as an independent consultant in this field. He later worked at firms specializing in intellectual property in Ontario and Alberta.
This valuable mix of corporate in-house and IP service experience means that Mark understands the challenges faced by individuals without expertise in IP matters with responsibility for securing IP protection for their innovative technologies. He is glad to help his clients understand the intricacies of the patent process and ensure that they are properly advised of strategic options in development of patent protection to support their business objectives.
Mark’s patent practice spans a wide range of subject matter. Some examples of technologies he works in include agriculture, pharmaceuticals (including antibody, small molecule and oligonucleotide-based therapeutics), bioprocesses, biomaterials, biosensors, biotechnology tools, composite materials, drug candidate screening, downhole tools and advanced oil & gas recovery processes, environmental remediation, geomatics, manufacturing processes, mechanical devices, medical diagnostics and devices, solar energy systems, and sports and safety apparel.
When Mark is out of the office, he enjoys various outdoor activities with friends and family such as trail running, mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing as well as occasionally working on becoming a better guitar player.