Mark J. Liss

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Mark J. Liss

Overview

Mr. Liss is experienced in trademark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition counseling and litigation. He has significant experience in complex inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and has represented numerous clients in federal courts around the U.S.

Mr. Liss represents clients in a wide variety of industries including health care, consumer goods and products, insurance and financial services, industrial and commercial products and online retail sales.  Much of his practice is in litigation and trademark counseling.  He has represented clients in lawsuits throughout the United States and inter-parties Trademark Office proceedings.  He has acted as first chair in numerous trials and Trademark Office contested matters.

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In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Liss has extensive experience in trademark counseling.  For example, he has provided detailed counseling, search advice and protectability opinions regarding global name trademark availability and protection issues.  In fact, he has provided detailed consulting services in connection with spin-offs from Fortune 100 companies who were forming new and independent companies on a worldwide basis. Mr. Liss currently serves as Vice President of the firm.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1981
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1978
    • Editor, Law Review
    • Published Author

Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member, Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Wisconsin

Honors

  • Recognized by Managing IP as an Trademark Star, 2022
  • Awarded a Client Choice award for Intellectual Property – Trademarks
  • Selected as a 2019 Global Leader by the World Trademark Review 1000
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Trademark Law, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2023
  • Named in the Illinois Super Lawyers list, Intellectual Property Litigation, 2012-2019
  • Recognized as a top Illinois trademark lawyer by the World Trademark Review 1000 (2011-2018)
  • Recognized as a leading IP practitioner by World IP Review’s WIPR Leaders, 2017, 2018
  • Named IP Attorney of the Year 2018 – Illinois by Acquisition International’s Excellence Awards
  • Awarded Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award – Marquis Who’s Who
  • Selected by peers as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law – Leading Lawyers Network
  • Listed among the Top Lawyers in Illinois in Intellectual Property Law – Chicago Lawyer
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (Highest Rating) – Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Affiliations

  • Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Oral argument judge for INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (2011)

Articles, Publications & Lectures

  • What You Need to Know About Filing an Infringement Lawsuit for a Nontraditional Mark in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, INTA Bulletin: October 1, 2017 Vol. 72, No. 17
  • Featured Speaker, United States – Litigation Presentation at 2017 INTA Leadership Conference
  • Featured Speaker- INTA Paralegal Forum- Arlington, Virginia, subject: likelihood of confusion in trademark cases
  • Various presentations on trademark, trade dress and copyright issues made to clients
  • Guest commentator- WBBM Radio addressing current copyright and internet related issues.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., with highest honors, 1981
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1978
  • Editor, Law Review
  • Published Author

Admissions

  • Illinois, 1981

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member, Trial Bar)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Wisconsin