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Mark L. Lorbiecki

Education & Bar Admissions

University of Minnesota
J.D.

University of Saint Thomas
Mathematics, Physics, B.S.

University of Washington
Electrical Engineering

 

Pro Hac Vice

U.S. Court of Appeals
9th Circuit
Federal Circuit Courts

U.S. Court of Military Appeals

U.S. District Court
Northern District of California
Western Washington

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington

Mark L. Lorbiecki

About

Mark Lorbiecki is active in all phases of intellectual property law with an emphasis in intellectual property litigation and technology protection and transfer in the United States and internationally. He has acted as trial counsel in jury and bench trials, and related pre-trial and appellate proceedings in diverse technical fields including software; telecom; machine vision and semiconductor manufacturing; modern dairy technology; sonar aquaculture monitoring; naval harbor security; and terrain avoidance and alert systems in aircraft; he is a registered patent attorney. Mark has participated in domestic and international technology transfer and licensing transactions.

Mark has been recognized by his peers as having experience in all aspects of intellectual property law. He has served as President of the Washington State Patent Law Association and as chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Mark is a noted CLE lecturer, presenting to many groups including WSPLA, the IP Section Law Institute and the Inland Empire Intellectual Property Institute and has served as an Adjunct Professor in Intellectual Property Law.

Mark has aspired to Intellectual Property law since the age of 14 when he learned of the confluence of law and engineering in the practice of patent law. To that end, he has sought experiences, such as an internship under the famed head of the patent department at 3M, Harold Hughesdon.

After receiving degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the then-College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota, Mark sought experience in litigation. On advice from a mentor, Mark was commissioned as a Navy Judge Advocate and tasked with trying cases before courts martial in diverse and interesting venues such as the wardroom of the USS Enterprise off of Qatar, the American Embassy in Manila, Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay and at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado.

Since completing his Navy tenure, Mark has practiced for thirty-five years in Seattle. Mark has demonstrated competence in both the procurement of patent, trademark, and copyright registration and in the litigation of both those rights and asserting ownership of trade secrets.

Mark is an adjunct Professor of Law at Gonzaga University where he also serves on its Board of Advisors. The Washington State Bar Association has noted Mark’s talent as a teacher of other attorneys by awarding him as the “Best of the Best” in three consecutive years. Mark has served as an adjunct professor for Gonzaga University Law School and North Seattle College.

Mark has been a Super Lawyer since 2010. He holds a commission as a Kentucky, Colonel bestowed by its governor, the Honorable Steven L. Beshear.

Areas of Focus

  • Patent procurement, appellate practice, and post-grant procedure
  • Trademark registration and litigation as well as related assertion in domain name disputes
  • Copyright registration and assertion
  • Trade Secret assertion especially in areas of employment, joint ventures, and licensing
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Licensing

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington State Patent Lawyers Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Community Involvement

  • Chairman and Board Member, Intellectual Property Section, Washington State Bar Association 2004-2010
  • President and Board Member, Washington State Patent Law Association, 1999-2006
  • Member, House Committee, The Rainier Club 2015-Present
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Gonzaga University School of Law 2011-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law, Intellectual Property 2014 to present
  • CLE Lecturer, including selection for “WSBA’s Best of CLE 2003”
  • West Seattle Rotary Club; Club Service Chair, 1999-2000
  • Adjunct Professor,North Seattle Community College, International Trade Institute, Seattle, Washington, 1992-1995
  • Recurrent Guest Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2001-2003 Intellectual Property Management

Recognitions & Awards

  • Super Lawyer®, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 2011-Present

Representative Experience

  • Wizards of the Coast LLC v. Cryptozoic Entm’t LLC, 309 F.R.D. 645, 647 (W.D. Wash. 2015)
  • Spry Fox, LLC v. LOLApps, Inc., No. C12-147RAJ, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153863, at *1 (W.D. Wash. Sep. 18, 2012)