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Mark C. Dukes

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
mark.dukes@nelsonmullins.com

Mark Dukes is a partner of the Firm and chairs the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. His practice involves patents, trademarks, litigation, unfair trade practices, advertising, and international law.

Mark Dukes is a partner of the Firm and chairs the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. His practice involves patents, trademarks, litigation, unfair trade practices, advertising, and international law.

Mark Dukes is a partner of the Firm and chairs the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. His practice involves patents, trademarks, litigation, unfair trade practices, advertising, and international law.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Represents multinational corporations in intellectual property law
  • Experience in strategic client counseling and intellectual property portfolio management
  • Experience in defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia

Previous Professional Experience

  • Served as an examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1984-86)

Representative U.S. Cases

  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders Incorporated v. Wengdong Honfa Machine Company, Ltd., Shandong Weida Machine-Tool Means Group Company, Hutchin Enterprises, Limited and Northern Hydraulics - patent infringement litigation relating to keyless drill chucks
  • Easco Hand Tools, Inc. v. Thorsen Tools, Inc. - trademark infringement case
  • Stephen C. Baer v. Leica Microsystems, Inc. and Leica Microsystems, GmbH - patent infringement litigation regarding super-resolution confocal microscopy
  • Hunter Engineering Company v. Hennessy Industries, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding automotive maintenance equipment
  • Paul N. Ware and Systems Innovation, L.L.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. et al - patent infringement litigation regarding computer methods
  • Fiskars Brands, Inc. v. Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding multi-tools
  • Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. v. Fiskars Brands, Inc., Target Corporation, Academy, Ltd., Recreational Equipment, Inc. and Bass Pro, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding multi-tools
  • Santronics, Inc. v. Fluke Corporation - patent infringement litigation relating to electronic test equipment
  • Masonite Corporation v. JELD-WEN, inc. - patent infringement litigation relating to construction materials
  • Radiological Imaging Technology, Inc. v. Cardinal Health, Inc., 3Cognition, LLC and Fluke Electronics Corporation - patent infringement litigation relating to electronic devices
  • Ettem USA, Inc. v. Kollmorgen Corporation - trade secret litigation relating to bearing systems and submarine periscopes
  • Easco Hand Tools, Inc. v. The Stanley Works and Hi-Five Products Developing Co., Ltd. - trademark infringement litigation relating to hand tools
  • Veeder-Root Co., Gilbarco, Inc. and Vapor Systems Technologies, Inc. v. Healy Systems, Inc. - patent infringement litigation relating to fueling systems
  • Touchcom Inc. and Touchcom Technologies Inc. v. Gilbarco, Inc. - patent infringement litigation relating to fuel dispensing apparatus and computer software
  • Ircon, Inc. v. Raytek Corporation - patent infringement litigation relating to electronic test equipment
  • Machine Design Incorporated v. E. Frank Robertson and Cayvon, Inc. - patent infringement, trade secret and copyright litigation relating to automated machinery
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders, Inc. v. Shandong Weida Machinery Co. Ltd., One World Technologies, Inc., and Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd.- patent infringement litigation relating to drill chucks
  • MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. v. Cameron Weaver - internet-related litigation
  • The Towne House, Inc. d/b/a Towne House Restaurant v. Anderson Towne House Restaurant, L.L.C. - trademark infringement litigation
  • Summit Tools, Inc. v. Sears Roebuck and Company and Danaher Corporation - patent infringement litigation regarding hand tools
  • U.S. International Trade Commission Investigation No. 337-TA-483 in the matter of Certain Tool Handles, Tool Holders, Tool Sets and Components thereof - ITC patent infringement litigation relating to tools
  • Allen-Pal, LLC v. Danaher Tool Group and Danaher Corporation - patent infringement litigation relating to tools
  • Easco Hand Tools, Inc., Armstrong Tools, Inc., Kingsley Tools Inc., Lea Way Hand Tool Corporation, and Matco Tools Corporation v. Hu, Hou-Fei a/k/a Bobby Hu - patent infringement litigation relating to tools
  • Stephen H. Smith v. The Sun Publishing Company, Inc. d/b/a The Sun News and Horry-Georgetown Homebuilders Association, Inc. - copyright infringement litigation
  • Hennessy Industries, Inc. v. Sun Standard, Inc. and Sun Tool Company, a division of Sun Standard Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding automobile service equipment
  • Matnick v. Hennessy Industries, Inc. - patent infringement and trade secret litigation regarding automobile service equipment
  • Quoizel, Inc. v. The Brinkmann Corporation - patent infringement litigation regarding light fixtures
  • Quoizel, Inc. v. Bright Yin Huey Co., Ltd. and J.C. Penney Company, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding light fixtures
  • Shakespeare Company, LLC v. Pure Fishing Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding fishing equipment
  • Shakespeare Company, LLC v. Fuji Kogyo Co., Ltd. - patent infringement litigation relating to fishing equipment
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders Incorporated v. Rohm GmbH S-B Power Tool Company and Northern Hydraulics - patent infringement litigation regarding drill chucks
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company v. QVC - patent infringement litigation regarding drill chucks
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders Incorporated v. LFA Industries, Inc. and Etablisments Amyot S.A. - patent infringement litigation regarding drill chucks
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders Incorporated v. SUMEC Hardware and Tools Co., Ltd. - patent infringement litigation regarding drill chucks

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1989)
    • Member, South Carolina Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • Order of Wig and Robe
    • Received American Jurisprudence Awards for Torts, Professional Responsibility and Administrative Law
  • Clemson University, BS, Mechanical Engineering (1984)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Clerkships

  • Judicial Clerk, The Honorable Jean G. Bissell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Permanent Member, U.S. Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • American Bar Association
  • Columbia Information Technology Council of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Richland County Bar Association
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, Chair, Patent Substantive Law Group of Intellectual Property Committee (2013-2015)
  • Former Chair, Intellectual Property and Unfair Trade Practice Committee, S.C. Bar
  • Has served as adjunct professor, Intellectual Property Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Former Board Member, Carolina Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Association
  • Clemson University Board of Visitors (2011-2014)
  • Former Business Leadership Council of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Foundation
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