Mark Vallone is Lead IP Counsel of IBM's Cloud and Watson Customer Engagement business units, for which he leads transactions, product support, defensive analysis of third party patents, and U.S. patent procurement operations. He additionally leads U.S. patent procurement operations for IBM's Global Technology Services, Global Business Services, and Global Markets business units. Mr. Vallone formerly led the team responsible for IBM's U.S. Patent Procedures manual followed by all IBM's in-house and outside counsels, and he continues to actively participate in patent policy related matters for the company. 

Mr. Vallone received his B.S. in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998, after which he spent five years as a software developer for IBM in the areas of network security, distributed computing, and e-commerce.  He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University in 2006.  He is a registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the New York State Bar.