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Mark A. Watson Partner

Mark is an intellectual property attorney who concentrates his practice on both prosecution and litigation.  He provides counseling in a number of strategic areas and assists his clients in patent preparation, prosecution, and enforcement.  Mark’s practice involves a wide range of publicly and privately held corporations, primarily in electrical, mechanical, and software technologies.


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Mark draws on his more than sixteen years of engineering and management experience working in various industries, including robotics, electrical design, injection molding, welding, and automotive assembly. He has worked for both small and large companies, including fourteen years at Ford Motor Company in various engineering and management positions, which allows him to offer clients practical advice that incorporates both their intellectual property and business concerns.

Mark assists clients in pursuing, enforcing, and defending intellectual property rights. He has worked extensively on patentability, infringement, freedom to operate, and validity studies, and has managed U.S. and international patent portfolios for a number of clients. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a diverse range of fields, such as electrical devices, medical devices and equipment, industrial and consumer products, automotive, and software technologies. His litigation experience includes handling patent infringement and validity claims on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Mark has also successfully appealed many cases to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mark graduated first in his class from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2007 with his J.D. summa cum laude. During law school, Mark worked full time at Ford Motor Company and then at a northeast Ohio intellectual property law firm. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. Mark also earned his M.B.A., summa cum laude, from Ashland University in 1995.

He is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Cleveland Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

He joined Calfee in 2008 and became a partner in 2016.