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Mark is a European Patent Attorney (EPA) and Irish Registered Patent Agent (RPA), as well as being a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney (CTMA) and an Irish Registered Trade Mark Agent (RTMA).
Mark studied at University College Cork, where he graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry in 2001. Mark also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in UCC in the areas of genomic imprinting (the genetic battle at the maternal-foetal interface) and the apoptotic pathways in Retinitis Pigmentosa. His research was published in peer-reviewed journals and he also presented his work at conferences in Ireland and abroad.
Before joining PurdyLucey in June 2010, he worked for three years in a Japanese Intellectual Property Law firm in Osaka, where he was the sole foreign staff recipient in 2007 of the Firm's Outstanding Valued Employee of the Year, and for a further two years with a Dublin-based Intellectual Property Law firm.
Mark specialises in drafting and prosecuting life science and medical device related patent applications, and more recently in the material science field. In addition, Mark provides advice to clients on patent portfolio management and strategies. Mark has an in-depth knowledge of European and Japanese Patent law and was involved in high-profile litigation proceedings in Japan between two well-known large pharmaceutical companies in the area of anaesthetics.
Mark is a member of the Law Committee of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Agents of Ireland, and is also part-time lecturer at the Law Society of Ireland for their postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, and for the Certificate in Intellectual Property Rights Management. Mark is a student member of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
Outside of Intellectual Property, Mark has a passionate interest in wildlife and is a highly-regarded wildlife photographer. He has published three books on Ireland’s birds entitled “Shorebirds of Ireland” (2009), “Freshwater Birds of Ireland” (2011) and “The Birds of Ireland: A Field Guide” (2013) (all Collins Press, Cork), which showcases a selection of his photography.