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Marc A. Sockol

Marc A. Sockol

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Palo Alto, CA, USA


Marc A. Sockol is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group and the former Office Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.  He specializes in intellectual property rights and also has experience in trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, open source and technology licensing.

Marc applies his electrical engineering and legal skills to client counseling, portfolio analysis and development, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, preparation of patentability, invalidity and noninfringement opinions, and the assertion and defense of patent litigation claims.  Many patents that Marc has drafted have been litigated and have brought hundreds of millions of licensing revenue to his clients.  He has drafted and defended more than 1000 patent applications across a broad spectrum of technologies, including: 

• Application development tools
• Artificial intelligence
• Biometrics
• Bitcoin and block chain
• Business methods
• Computer hardware (including memory systems, microprocessors, bus communication, video displays, disk drives, and scanners)
• Computer software (including application software, computer games, operating systems, and system drivers)
• Database structures
• Digital and analog circuitry
• E-commerce
• Fault tolerant systems
• HVAC
• IoT and home automation
• Machine learning
• Medical devices
• Microware communication
• Multimedia distribution systems
• Networking
• Network and computer security systems
• Optics
• POS hardware and software
• QAM
• QOS monitoring
• RFID
• SAAS
• Satellites
• Semiconductor design and fabrication
• Set-top boxes
• Solar power
• Sound networking
• Storage management systems (including RAID systems)
• Thin films
• Tracking systems
• Video games
• Web analytics
• Wireless systems (including WiFi, WiMax and LTE)
Marc A. Sockol is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Strategies for Responding to Abstract Idea Rejections - Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2018: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Patent Fundamentals Bootcamp 2019: An Introduction to Patent Drafting, Prosecution, and Litigation, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, San Francisco, CA
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