Mark Shelley is a senior associate in our Intellectual Property, Media and Technology practice. Mark’s practice involves all areas of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks in the energy sector, including chemical and other aspects. Mark’s practice has included drafting patent and trademark licenses, preparing patentability, infringement, and freedom to operate opinions, and counseling clients with respect to a wide range of intellectual property issues. A chemical engineer by education, training and professional license, Mark has extensive IP experience in a wide-range of subject matters including agricultural chemicals, medical devices, business methods, tubular connections, mooring systems for offshore vessels, subsea and land oilfield equipment, managed pressure drilling, casing running, down hole drilling tools and motors and various other mechanical devices.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Mark was an in-house patent counsel at a major international oil and gas services company for nearly five years, where he managed the intellectual property portfolio for a division with revenues in excess of US$1.5 billion. In addition to prosecuting patent applications and coordinating outside counsel in similar endeavors, Mark counseled his client regarding IP issues in the oil and gas sector, including investigating and conducting due diligence for several IP litigation matters.
Mark also practiced at a major Texas-based law firm for six years in which he drafted and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications for clients in diverse markets, including oil field exploration/development tools, agricultural chemicals/methods, medical devices/systems, alternative energy processes, and consumer goods. He prosecuted post grant proceedings domestically and in Europe. Additionally, Mark has litigation experience in enforcing patent rights and defending against claims of patent infringement involving several aspects of patent law, including non-infringement, invalidity, inventorship, derivation, estoppel, and inequitable conduct.
In his graduate education, Mark completed his Ph.D. in the area of process design and optimization with a particular emphasis on process integration. As part of his dissertation, Mark developed and introduced a new field of research called property integration, which involves a paradigm shift in designing processes based on feedstock and product properties rather than their components. Mark completed his masters in the research area of biochemical engineering with multidisciplinary research involving a thermodynamic analysis of trinitrotoluene biodegradation pathways.