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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 in the firm's Palo Alto office. He is also the Co-Office Managing Partner of the office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Sockol specializes in intellectual property rights. Mr. Sockol applies his technical 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. He also has experience in trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, open source and technology licensing.

Many patents that he has drafted have been litigated and have brought licensing revenue to his clients. Recent examples include three patents for a software company involving data synchronization and three patents for a network security company.

Mr. Sockol has drafted, prosecuted and defended more than 1000 patent applications across a broad spectrum of technological areas, including:

  • Application development tools
  • Biometrics
  • 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
  • Internet
  • Medical devices
  • Multimedia distribution systems
  • Networking
  • Network and computer security systems
  • Optics
  • POS hardware and software
  • QAM
  • QOS monitoring
  • RFID
  • Satellites
  • Semiconductor design and fabrication
  • Set-top boxes
  • Solar power
  • Storage management systems (including RAID systems)
  • Thin films
  • Video games
  • Wireless systems (including WiFi and WiMax)
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