Dean Marks is Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. He is responsible for establishing and guiding many of Warner Bros.' business practices with respect to copyright related issues, digital rights management and content protection technology. He also works extensively in copyright policy, including the formulation of the company's position on domestic and international intellectual property legislation and assisting in litigation matters involving copyright and content protection technologies.
Dean has worked in a variety of capacities for Warner Bros.' and its parent company, Time Warner, for over twenty years. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property in the Time Warner Corporate Legal Department. In that capacity, he served as a private sector advisor to the U.S. Government delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization 1996 Diplomatic Conference, which resulted in the adoption of the WIPO Copyright Treaties. Dean also actively participated in negotiations that resulted in the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in 1998. From 1992 through 1995, he worked as Vice President, Legal Affairs for Time Warner's European public affairs office in Brussels, Belgium where he advised and lobbied on European Union legislation with a focus on intellectual property and media issues. Prior to his time in Europe, Dean was Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Before joining Warner Bros., he was an associate in the corporate department of the Los Angeles law firm Tuttle & Taylor, and clerked for Judge Mariana Pfaelzer (U.S. District Court, Central District of California).
Dean received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1985, and was Senior Articles and Book Review Editor for the Yale International Law Journal. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Stanford University in 1980, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
In 2009, Dean was named Technology and New Media Entertainment Counsel of the Year by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel.