Leveraging his broad technical and legal background, Dr. Mark Shelley assists clients in identifying and strategically protecting their intellectual property and technology-based assets, with particular emphasis on energy-related transactions and the prosecution and litigation of patents and trademarks.

Mark's practice also includes work in M&A transactions amongst technology-focused companies, drafting complex agreements, preparing patentability, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions, and counseling clients with respect to a wide range of intellectual property issues, including trade secrets and copyrights.

During his wide-ranging practice, Mark has also drafted and prosecuted domestic and foreign patent applications, conducted post-grant proceedings, assisted clients in both enforcing patent rights and defending against claims of patent infringement through litigation, and drafted agreements, performed due diligence and advised of risks relating to asset purchases.

Formerly, Mark served as in-house counsel to a major international oil and gas services company and managed the intellectual property assets of several of its large divisions. In that role, he also drafted all manner of agreements, conducted due diligence for the acquisition of drilling technologies, supported several litigation matters, and counseled his client regarding intellectual property issues in the oil and gas sector. 

A chemical engineer by education, training, and professional licensure, Mark has advised clients in diverse markets, including oil and gas exploration/production, industrial and agricultural chemicals, medical devices, alternative energy processes, and consumer goods.  As a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Mark has significant engineering work experience in refineries, chemical plants, and pulp/paper mills.

Professional Activities

  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Auburn University Chemical Engineering Alumni Council

Publications and Presentations

  • “Patents or Trade Secrets?  Yes, Please.”  June 14, 2017
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Texas

Admitted to practice before:

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court  for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
     

Education

  • J.D., 2005, University of Houston Law Center
    • magna cum laude
  • Ph.D., 2000, Auburn University
  • M.S., 1995, Texas A&M University
  • B.ChE., 1993, Auburn University
    • summa cum laude
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