Mark S. Davies

Supreme Court and Appellate

Mark Davies is a partner in Orrick’s “marquee” Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

The author of the “user manual” for Federal Circuit appeals, Patent Appeals: The Elements of Effective Advocacy in the Federal Circuit (Oxford University Press, February 2008), Mark brings nearly twenty years’ of experience in intellectual property appeals, both in private practice and government. He has led multiple high-stakes appeals for high-technology companies including Apple, Bosch, Corning, Dow AgroSciences, and NVIDIA. He also regularly assists clients in high-stakes district court actions consider appellate strategies, and assists clients who seek to shape the views of the U.S. Supreme Court through amicus filings.

Mark was recognized in a 2014 Reuters special report as a member of the “elite cadre” of lawyers that are “the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court.” Reuters researched nine years of Supreme Court cases and from a field of 17,000 practitioners, identified a group of 75 who “have stood out – most for their success at getting cases before the high court,” and who “giv[e] their clients a disproportionate chance to influence the law of the land.”

As a member of the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, Mark represented the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the International Trade Commission and other federal agencies before the Federal Circuit, other U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative wins at the Federal Circuit:

Mark regularly writes and lectures on patent appellate issues for publications such as Intellectual Property Magazine, and for organizations including the Federal Circuit Bar Association and the Washington Legal Foundation.

Mark Davies
Admitted In
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
Supreme Court of the United States
    United States Court of Appeals
    • Federal Circuit
    • District of Columbia
    • Second Circuit
    • Fourth Circuit
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit

    • B.A., cum laude, Ethics, Politics and Economics, Yale University, 1992
    • J.D., with honors, University of Chicago Law School, 1995
    • Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2013
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association Committee Individual Leadership Award(2012)
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association Patent and Trademark Committee Award (2012)
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association Committee Individual Leadership Award (2011)
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association Patent and Trademark Committee Award (2011)
    • Articles Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum
    • Reviewer, Oxford University Press
    • Clerk, Hon. Karen LeCraft Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association
    • Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court
    • Federal Circuit Bar Association Planning Committee for 2010 Bench & Bar Conference
    • Chair, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Litigation Subcommittee on Ashcroft v. Iqbal
    • Vice-Chair, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Patent and Trademark Office Committee
    • D.C. Court of Appeals, Criminal Justice Act Panel 2011-2015

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