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Mark J. Thronson

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Mark Thronson is a partner in Dickstein Shapiro's Intellectual Property Practice, where he concentrates in patent law. Mr. Thronson has 26 years of successful experience in patent litigation, patent interference, alternative dispute resolution, patent prosecution, opinions/counseling, and patent licensing. He represents many of the world's largest and most important companies in a wide range of technologies, including electronics, image/data processing, semiconductors, networks, optical fiber, optical disks/drives, aquaculture, audio equipment, batteries, bioinformatics, biotechnology, cameras, electroplating, desalination, geotechnology, imagers/copiers, document management, lighting, nuclear medicine, tomography, industrial designs, and telecommunications.


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Thronson was an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He became a primary examiner in 1987. Prior to joining Dickstein Shapiro, he was an associate with the law firm Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen. 


PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Since 1994, Mr. Thronson has been an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches intellectual property law to graduate business students. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Patent and Trademark Office Society. He was an original officer of LENS Foundation, a charitable organization headquartered in McLean, Virginia, which supports a start-up Lutheran seminary in Novosaratovka, Russia.

Mr. Thronson is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Mr. Thronson is a co-author of Intellectual Property Legal Opinions, Second Edition (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen Publishers), the leading treatise on patent counseling, investigations, and communication/privilege issues. A prolific writer, he has authored numerous articles for nationally recognized and foreign publications, including Bloomberg Law Reports, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, New York Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, The Computer Lawyer, European Intellectual Property Review, and others. He has been a guest lecturer and panelist at many conferences and meetings throughout the world. Most recently, he conducted a web seminar for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (IP due diligence), and he was a guest speaker at the NASF Washington Forum (patent reform), and he was selected to 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters). 

EDUCATION
Mr. Thronson received his B.S., civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (1982) and his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University (1989).
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