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Mark D. Selwyn

Partner

Partner-in-Charge, Palo Alto Office

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group

Selwyn, Mark D.

Mark Selwyn is the partner-in-charge of the firm's Palo Alto office, a partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1994.

Practice

Mr. Selwyn’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation. Major corporations have relied on him to litigate biomedical, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and business method patents involving a diverse array of technologies, including wireless communications, electronic commerce, digital cameras, solid state disk drives, location sensing, biosensors, water and wastewater filtration, integrated circuits and angioplasty catheters. He has represented clients in dozens of patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Selwyn counts among his clients many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent technology companies.

Honors & Awards

  • Named to the Daily Journal’s exclusive lists of the "Top 75 IP Litigators in California" and the "Top 100 Lawyers in California" in 2009-2014 and the “50 Leading IP Litigators in California” in 2008
  • Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of intellectual property in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2014 editions. In 2014, a source stated "he is one of the hardest-working practitioners around." 
  • Named a 2013 leading practitioner in patent law by IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Selected as a 2013-14 "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine, a guidebook that identifies leading lawyers in the United States
  • Named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of LMG Life Sciences for intellectual property
  • Named as one of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Northern California" in 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine
  • Recognized in the 2009-2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his intellectual property litigation practice
  • Named a "Local Litigation Star" and a "California Litigation Star" for Intellectual Property in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon Magazine's "500 Leading Lawyers in America" in 2013
  • Recognized as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star" in intellectual property litigation in the May 2005 edition of Boston Magazine

Publications & News

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August 28, 2014

LMG Life Sciences Honors Firm, Attorneys with Top Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

The 2014 edition of LMG Life Sciences has been released, and it includes the recognition of nine WilmerHale practice areas and 17 attorneys.

July 17, 2014

WilmerHale and 17 Partners Rank in Managing IP’s 2014-2015 IP Stars Handbook

Managing IP has released its second annual edition of its IP Stars Handbook—a guide that identifies the leading IP firms and lawyers in the United States—prominently ranking WilmerHale and 17 of its partners.

June 3, 2014

US Supreme Court Issues Two Unanimous Opinions Overturning Federal Circuit Patent Law Rulings

In two unanimous decisions handed down on June 2, the US Supreme Court overturned Federal Circuit rulings on patent indefiniteness and induced infringement. Both rulings added challenges for parties attempting to enforce patents.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

April 23, 2014

Marcus and Selwyn Honored as “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by Daily Journal

David Marcus and Mark Selwyn have been named to the Daily Journal's annual list of California's "Top Intellectual Property Lawyers." This annual list recognizes and profiles attorneys with outstanding achievements in the field of intellectual property.

March 11, 2014

WilmerHale Again Named to Daily Journal’s “Top Verdicts” List

For the second consecutive year, the Daily Journal included WilmerHale in its "Top Verdicts" list, an annual list that recaps California's most significant verdicts over the past 12 months.

September 11, 2013

Mark Selwyn Honored Among Daily Journal’s 2013 “Top 100 Lawyers in California”

The Daily Journal has selected Partner Mark Selwyn to its 2013 list of "Top 100 Lawyers in California," an annual list honoring attorneys handling the most cutting-edge work in litigation, regulation, and corporate transactions in the region.

July 16, 2013

Palo Alto Attorneys Featured in 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers

Twenty-two WilmerHale attorneys ranked in the tenth annual Northern California Super Lawyers listing for 2013.

June 18, 2013

Bay Area News Names WilmerHale Among “Top Workplaces”

WilmerHale's Palo Alto office has been named among the Bay Area's "Top Workplaces" by Bay Area News.

June 17, 2013

WilmerHale Earns Top Rankings in LMG Life Sciences Guide

The 2013 edition of LMG Life Sciences has been released, and it includes the recognition of nine WilmerHale practice areas and 17 attorneys.

Practices

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Education

JD, Columbia Law School, 1993, Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar; Articles Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems

AB, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1990, John Harvard Scholar

Bar Admissions

California

Massachusetts

New York

Clerkships

The Hon. Naomi Reice Buchwald, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1993 - 1994