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Mark R. Galis is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. He concentrates his practice on patent, trademark and copyright matters, with a focus on IP portfolio management, business method/eCommerce/Internet patents, litigation, and transactional intellectual property. His experience includes overseeing all aspects of the patent and trademark portfolios of large, middle market and start-up entities, including the preparation of patent and trademark opinions, litigation, acquisitions and sale of intellectual property and licensing agreements. In addition, Mark has handled a number of patent disputes involving business method patents, particularly those in the eCommerce area.


  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Patents portfolio management
  • Trademarks portfolio and brand management
  • Patent, copyright and trademark licensing
  • Copyrights registration and protection strategies



  • Represented major electronics company in the defense of a patent infringement suit brought by a competitor. The client was granted summary judgment based on a novel implied license defense which judgment was upheld by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented major electronics company in defending a patent infringement suit brought by a competitor where the client, after a two week bench trial, was found not to infringe the asserted patent.
  • Representation of one of the largest golf club manufacturers in the world in a default proceeding which a client brought against a Taiwanese competitor. The court granted the client a large monetary award based on a unique damages theory.
  • Represented major electronics company in connection with a copyright infringement suit brought against a competitor based on a database of infrared codes wherein the court denied the competitor's Motion for Summary Judgment of Non-Copyrightability.
  • Represented software developer and others in connection with various eCommerce-related patent disputes.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law; Trademark Law, 2016-2024
    • Selected, "Lawyer of the Year," Trademark Law, Chicago, 2024
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2019-2023
    • Intellectual Property - Trademarks Litigation, 2019-2023
    • Intellectual Property - Trademarks - Non-Contentious (Including Prosecution, Portfolio Management, and Licensing), 2019-2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005, 2009-2011, 2014-2022
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2016-2023
  • Listed, World Trademark Review, "WTR 1000," 2015-2023
    • Ranked in Illinois, Enforcement and Litigation, 2019-2023
    • Ranked in Illinois, Prosecution and Strategy, 2015-2023
  • Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2006-2023
  • Listed, Managing IP Magazine's World IP Handbook and Survey, "IP Stars: Trademark Stars," 2016-2023
  • Listed, Acritas Stars™ Independently Rated Lawyers, “Star Lawyers,” 2018-2021
  • Listed, Crain’s Chicago Business, “Notable Gen X Leaders in Law,” 2019
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fundraiser, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1991
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1988
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office