IRVINE, CA (August 3, 2007) — Senior intellectual property partner Mark Itri has been named head of the Orange County office intellectual property practice. Mr. Itri succeeds Fay Morisseau, who will continue to lead the Firm’s Orange County office in addition to his extensive litigation practice.
"Mark is a leading patent lawyer and key member of our intellectual property practice. His prosecution and counseling experience, engineering background and his history with the Firm are an invaluable combination to lead our Orange County intellectual property practice to continued growth," commented Terrence P. McMahon, head of the Firm’s global Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department.
Mr. Itri leads the Orange County office’s Patent and Trademark Procurement Group, the IP Transaction Group, and heads the West Coast IP Due Diligence Team. His practice encompasses the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and he has considerable involvement in both patent and trademark litigation matters. Mr. Itri has extensive experience in client counseling, negotiating and drafting technology transfer agreements, joint development agreements and licenses for various technology clients. He also has significant experience in intellectual property strategic planning, patent and trademark portfolio management, opinion work, and due diligence in connection with technology and trademark acquisitions.
Mr. Itri has more than 15 years of legal experience. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Itri gained practical engineering experience in the private aerospace industry in research and development of microprocessor designs and flight control systems. He now concentrates his practice on high technology relating to electronics and computer software arts, semiconductor, microprocessor design, the internet, image processing, pattern and speech recognition, server and network systems, and mechanical devices and instruments. He earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Boston University.
Mr. Itri regularly hosts and lectures at McDermott’s IP Management Roundtable programs. He is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a registered patent attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
McDermott’s Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department includes more than 225 lawyers and patent agents working in our offices throughout the world. More than 160 members of our team hold technical and/or scientific degrees; 105 are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. McDermott represents the interests of clients across numerous industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, gaming, computer hardware and software, networks and telecommunications. The Firm is recognized for our trial and appellate experience, and is ranked as one of the strongest IP litigation firms for both plaintiffs and defendants.