Mark Litman has had an extensive career in intellectual property development and law. Prior to joining UNLV in 2012, he served as CEO of his own law firm, Mark A. Litman & Associates, and was the former senior intellectual property counsel for 3M. He also previously served as vice president of the law firm, SLWK, and as a U.S. patent examiner.
At 3M, Litman was the primary IP attorney for five business units (with annual sales exceeding $1 billion) and three research facilities. He has technical expertise in such areas as organic chemistry, material science, medical apparatus and procedures, complex manufacturing processes, process technology, imaging apparatus, and software implementation. He also has worked to protect intellectual property involving catheters, pacemakers, drug delivery systems, packaging materials, genetically modified organisms, disinfectants, and agriculture.
As group attorney at 3M, his professional duties included client counseling, creation of patent strategies, licensing agreements, joint venture agreements, and infringement/validity opinions. He has authored professional articles in the Journal of the Patent Office Society, and his articles have been cited in “Chisum on Patents” and in decisions by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has made a number of continuing legal education presentations on such topics as negotiating in diverse cultures, advanced appellate practice, and recent PTO policy issues.
Litman holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a J.D. from American University.
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- Patents or protection of intellectual property
- Technology development and transfer