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I counsel clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including patent portfolio development and management, intellectual property litigation, intellectual property licensing, intellectual property acquisition, and intellectual property due diligence. My clients span a number of different industries, including energy, mining, life sciences, health care, medical devices, defense, aerospace, and university research and development.


While I have particular experience with energy, mining, and medical device technologies, my patent prosecution and counseling experience covers a wide range of technology areas, including materials science, chemistry, biotechnology, photonics, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, and industrial designs for various different technologies. Some examples of specific technologies include polycrystalline diamond cutting elements and bearings; drill bits and bearing apparatuses used in oil and gas exploration drilling systems; tunnel boring machines for mining; medical devices, including stents, catheters, bone implants, neuromodulation devices, cardiovascular devices, implantable and wearable ophthalmic corrective devices, drug delivery devices, and nickel-titanium-based superelastic and shape memory alloys for stents and other implantable medical devices; chemical separation devices, including chromatography systems and stationary phases; combustion control systems; food science and technology, including food compositions, food processing, and food packaging; composite materials; and lasers, fiber optics, photodetectors, and other photonic devices.

In the patent field, I help clients analyze the risks associated with introducing new products, including analyzing infringement and validity issues, and preparing related opinions.  When a client needs assistance dealing with an intellectual property infringement or enforcement issue, I work with the client and Dorsey intellectual property trial attorneys to provide the most cost-effective strategy to realize the client's goals.

Before practicing law, I gained practical engineering experience as a materials engineer at a large aerospace corporation that designs solid-fuel rocket motors.


Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 80%
  2. Patent Infringement: 10%
  3. Trademark Application: 5%
  4. Licensing: 5%



Hourly ($300-395/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Marcus is a personal and thorough attorney with a keen eye for narrow legal and scientific issues.


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Contact info

Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Kearns Building
136 South Main Street, Suite 1000
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101-1685


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Ranked in Chambers & Partners USA Guide - Intellectual PropertyChambers & Partners USA Guide2016
Utah Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyUtah Business Magazine2016
Utah Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyUtah Business Magazine2015
Recognized Practitioner in Intellectual PropertyChambers & Partners USA Guide2015
Utah Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyUtah Business Magazine2014
Utah Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyUtah Business Magazine2013
Mountain States Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
Utah Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyUtah Business Magazine2012
Mountain States Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
Mountain States Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court TeamUniversity of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law2002
President's Graduate FellowshipUniversity of Pennsylvania1997
Lockheed Martin Scholarship for Materials EngineeringCalifornia Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo1995
Academic All-American - Men's TennisCalifornia Polytechnic State University1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, U.S. Patent Attorney, and Office Patent Group LeaderDorsey & Whitney, LLP2013 - Present
Shareholder and U.S. Patent AttorneyWorkman Nydegger2008 - 2013
Associate and U.S. Patent AttorneyGraybeal Jackson LLP, Dorsey & Whitney LLP2004 - 2008
Associate/U.S. Patent Attorney, U.S. Patent Agent, and Law ClerkTraskBritt2001 - 2004
Materials EngineerThiokol Propulsion (now Orbital ATK)1998 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cal Poly SLO Alumni Ambassador for UtahAlumni Ambassador2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
Utah State BarAttorney MemberN/A
ASM International – The Materials Information SocietyMemberN/A
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)Attorney MemberN/A
International Trademark Association (INTA)Attorney MemberN/A
Salt Lake County Bar AssociationAttorney MemberN/A
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)Attorney MemberN/A
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)Attorney MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of PennsylvaniaMaterials Science and EngineeringMS - Master of Science in Engineering1998
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoMaterials Engineering, magna cum laudeBS - Bachelor of Science1997