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Mark Marfe

Senior Associate

Mark Marfe
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Mark Marfe 's practice to date has given him extensive experience of working with clients based all over the world including the U.S., France, Germany, the Far East and Norway. Recently Mark acted for a mobile phone manufacturer in multiple litigations and infringement and revocation actions across Europe and Asia. This dispute is typical of the kinds of work the team is involved in working closely with colleagues in our other offices to prepare these cases for trial. He has spent time on secondment to our Düsseldorf and Madrid offices and has observed patents hearings in the major European jurisdictions.

Mark's UK experience includes proceedings in IPEC, the Patents High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. As a senior associate focusing in patent litigation, Mark has worked on cases involving a variety of industry sectors particularly, the energy sector and electronics sector. In the electronics sector Mark advises a variety of clients on both assertion of patents and defence against infringement claims in disputes concerning essential and non-essential technologies. Although Mark's practice is predominantly contentious, he also advises clients in relation to other aspects of IP such as drafting and negotiating of licensing, settlement, and other commercial agreements.

Mark studied Cellular and Molecular Pathology at University of Bristol where he later also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law. Mark is also a solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience in the English Courts.

European Patent Firm – Contentious

MIP Global Awards 2015

Representative experience

Acting for industrial packaging manufacturer Werit in relation to patent infringement proceedings brought by Schütz regarding replacement of consumable parts.

Acting for oil surveying company EMGS to defend patent revocation action initiated by Schlumberger Holdings regarding electromagnetic technique for finding oil and gas reserves.

Representing HTC against Nokia in UK litigation regarding patents asserted by Nokia against HTC in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Japan on parallel actions.

Acting for BlackBerry in UK litigation against Rosetta Wireless, a non-practising entity, in relation to wireless synchronisation technology.

Representing mobile telephone manufacturer in negotiations with large patent portfolios holder, advising on strategy and in relation to strength and essentiality of telecoms-related patent portfolios.

Acting as main point of contact for an international data storage technology manufacturer advising on IP issues in Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Acting for BlackBerry manufacturer RIM in Motion v Inpro, coordinating with patent team in Düsseldorf, resisting infringement proceedings and seeking to revoke Inpro's patent.

Education and admissions


  • University of Bristol, 2001

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