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Mark C. Dukes

Mark C. Dukes

Partner

Meridian
1320 Main Street
17th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
Liberty Center
151 Meeting Street
Suite 600
Charleston, SC 29401
mark.dukes@nelsonmullins.com

Mark chairs the intellectual property law and litigation group. His practice involves strategic counseling and litigation related to patents, trademarks, unfair trade practices, advertising, international law, and complex business arrangements. Mark is also a Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Mark chairs the intellectual property law and litigation group. His practice involves strategic counseling and litigation related to patents, trademarks, unfair trade practices, advertising, international law, and complex business arrangements. Mark is also a Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Mark C. Dukes

Mark chairs the intellectual property law and litigation group. His practice involves strategic counseling and litigation related to patents, trademarks, unfair trade practices, advertising, international law, and complex business arrangements. Mark is also a Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator and Arbitrator.

Experience

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Experience

  • A former Federal Circuit Law Clerk and United States Patent Examiner, Mark brings more than 30 years of experience litigating and resolving complex commercial and intellectual property disputes in courts across the United States, as well as before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the European Patent Office, and international courts, including those in Germany, Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, and Taiwan.
  • Mark’s practice involves strategic counseling and litigation related to patents, trademarks, unfair trade practices, advertising, international law, and complex business arrangements. He leads a team of intellectual property law and litigation attorneys who handle litigation, patent preparation, prosecution, opinions, client counseling, and post-grant practice, including inter partes review. The team helps clients manage and expand their worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, protect intellectual property rights, and avoid infringement pitfalls.
  • Mark is also a Supreme Court of South Carolina Certified Mediator and Arbitrator focusing on Alternate Dispute Resolution concerning complex commercial disputes and intellectual property matters.

Previous Professional Experience

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

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, cum laude (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
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 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 (20132015)
  • 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 (20112014)
  • Former Business Leadership Council of the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Foundation