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.

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 led appellate teams in the following recent or pending matters:

    • Apple Inc. Represented at trial by another firm, Apple had prevailed on non-infringement but the judge had ruled the patent valid. On appeal, Orrick was able not only to get the non-infringement verdict affirmed but persuaded the appellate court to invalidate the patent. Wi-LAN, Inc. v. Apple Inc., No. 14-1437, 14-1485 (Federal Circuit)
    • Apple Inc. Mark successfully defended the ITC’s ruling that Motorola Inc.’s patents related to portable communication devices were not infringed by Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Motorola Mobility, LLC v. ITC, No. 12-1666 (Federal Circuit) (Oral Argument) Mark also leads the team defending the ITC’s ruling that a different Motorola Inc. patent is invalid. Motorola Mobility, LLC v. ITC, No. 13-1417 (Federal Circuit). Briefing is ongoing and a decision is expected later this year.
    • Apple Inc. Mark led the authoring of a merits-stage amicus curiae brief for Apple in the U.S. Supreme Court, detailing the growth and motivations of patent-assertion entities and addressing the standard for fee shifting under the patent law.  Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Management Systems Inc., 12-1163 (U.S. Supreme Court) and Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc., 12-1184 (U.S. Supreme Court)
    • Dow AgroSciences. Mark led the winning appellate team in Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow AgroSciences LLC, No. 13-1002 (Federal Circuit), where in a “tour de force analysis of complex claim construction issues” (Hal Wagner) the Federal Circuit agreed that Dow’s next generation of herbicide-resistant crop seeds do not infringe a competitor’s patent. No. 2013-1002 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 3, 2013) (Oral Argument) Articles: Dow Beats Bayer Herbicide-Resistance IP Suit In Fed. Circ.
    • Dow AgroSciences. Mark led the winning appellate team in a patent action revolving around Bayer’s allegations of patent infringement from Dow’s next generation of herbicide-resistant crop seeds. Bayer CropScience AG v. Dow AgroSciences LLC, No. 14-1032 (Federal Circuit)
    • EMC Corp. Mark led the winning appellate team that obtained the definitive pre America Invents Act opinion addressing the improper use of joinder in patent cases. In re EMC Corp., Misc. No. 142 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 29, 2013) Articles: Fed. Circ. Order May Lead To Speedier Transfer Rulings; Considerations For Early Transfers In Multidefendant Cases; EMC Says Venue Transfer Denial Treads On MDL Panel’s Power; Tech Giants Back EMC In Fight Over Patent Suit Venue
    • Harman International Industries. Mark leads the appellate team in a patent dispute involving Mobileye’s allegations of infringement of its vision-based automotive alert system by iOnRoad’s augmented reality application for smartphones, which provides forward collision and lane departure warnings to drivers. Mobileye, Inc. v. Picitup, Corp., No. 13-1373 (Federal Circuit)
    • Nintendo Co. Mark led the winning appellate team that successfully defended Nintendo’s most important product—the Wii. Motiva, LLC v. ITC, No. 2012-1252 (Fed. Cir. May 13, 2013) (Oral Argument) Articles: Nintendo Scores Fed. Circ. Win In Wii Controller IP Row; Fed. Circ. Eyes Motiva’s Wii Controller Patent Suit
    • NVIDIA Corp. Mark led the winning appellate team in two high stakes appeals from an adverse International Trade Commission exclusion order. NVIDIA Corp. v. ITC, No. 10-1556 & 10-1557 (Federal Circuit) (Oral Argument) Article: NVIDIA Tells Fed. Circ. Rambus Destroyed Vital IP Docs
    • NVIDIA Corp. Mark led the winning appellate team in an appeal against a patent licensing entity. BIAX Corp. v. NVIDIA Corp., No. 2012-1387 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2013) (Oral Argument)
    • NVIDIA Corp. BIAX Corp. v. NVIDIA Corp., 13-1649 (Federal Circuit) (attorney fees)
    • YOU Technology. Mark led the winning appellate team for YOU Technology, a company that provides biometric financial and marketing services to the retail sector. Excel Innovations v. You Technology, No. 08-1599 (Federal Circuit) (Oral Argument)

    Mark co-led appellate teams in the following recent or pending matters:

    • Apple Inc. Mark co-led the winning appellate team in Apple Inc. v. ITC, which reversed an adverse International Trade Commission ruling on key Apple smartphone patents. No. 2012-1338 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 7, 2013) Articles: Apple’s ITC Case Against Motorola Revived By Fed. Circ.
    • Apple Inc. Mark co-led the appellate team in cross-appeals arising from Judge Posner’s dismissal of Apple and Motorola’s patent infringement claims against one another’s wireless communication devices, raising significant and novel legal questions regarding damages and injunctive remedies. Apple Inc. v. Motorola Mobility, LLC, Nos. 13-1150 & 13-1182 (Federal Circuit)
    • Apple Inc. Mark co-led the appellate team in an appeal challenging the dismissal of Apple’s antitrust and breach of contract claims against Motorola, based on Motorola’s deception of standard-setting organizations and abuse of its standard-essential patents. Apple Inc. v. Motorola, Inc., Nos. 12-1548 & 12-1549 (Federal Circuit)
    • Hynix Semiconductor Inc. Mark co-led the winning appellate team in the high-profile semiconductor dispute, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. v. Rambus Inc., 645 F.3d 1336 (Fed. Cir. 2011) Article: Semiconductor Cos. Want Rambus IP Claims Stayed
    • Intel Corp. Mark co-led the winning appellate team for Intel Corporation against Acacia Research Corporation. Fast Memory Erase, LLC v. Intel Corp., No. 10-1302 (Federal Circuit)
    • Morgan Stanley Capital Group. Mark co-led the winning appellate team in convincing the Supreme Court to let stand billions of dollars of long-term energy contracts. Morgan Stanley Capital Group v. Public Utility District No. 1 of Snohomish County, Washington, 128 S. Ct. 2733 (2008)
    • Oracle America, Inc. Mark co-led the briefing team in Oracle’s cutting-edge, multi-billion dollar copyright infringement appeal against Google over the Android operating system. Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc., Nos. 13-1021 & 13-1022 (Federal Circuit)
    • VeriFone Systems, Inc. Mark led the winning appellate team in VeriFone’s appeal challenging the district court’s claim construction, as well as its determination that the evidence was sufficient under that construction to show infringement. Cardsoft v. VeriFone Systems, Inc. (Federal Circuit)

    Mark’s recent district court matters include:

    • eBay. Mark is helping to defend eBay in the massive GeoTag lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas where more than 450 companies have been sued for patent infringement. GeoTag, Inc. v. Frontier Communications Corp., No. 10-cv-265-JRG (Consolidated) (Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division)
    • Microsoft Corp. Mark co-led the briefing for Microsoft’s successful motion for summary determination addressing Barnes & Noble, Inc patent misuse claim. Certain Handheld Electronic Computing Devices, Related Software, and Components Thereof, No. 337-TA-769 (ITC)
    • Tekmira. Mark assisted the Tekmira defense team in a trade secret misappropriation case against Tekmira’s former collaborator Alnylam. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. 12-cv-10087-RWZ (District of Massachusetts)

    Mark’s pro-bono matters include:

    Mark’s U.S. Department of Justice experience includes:

    From 1999-2006, Mark was on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he represented the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Librarian of Congress, and various other federal agencies before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, other U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    At the DOJ, Mark argued cases in nine different appellate circuits, including several high-profile intellectual property appellate matters: Festo Corp. v. SMC Corp. (en banc) (prosecution history estoppel); Southco v. Kanebridge (en banc) (copyright of short phrases); and Program Suppliers v. Librarian of Congress (distribution of cable royalties). He also briefed other important intellectual property appellate cases, including Enzo v. Gen-Probe (written description); Eli Lilly v. Washington (interference proceeding); and Kay Berry v. Taylor Gifts (copyright registration).

    In addition while at DOJ, Mark played a key role in four Supreme Court merits matters that involved intellectual property: Merck KG v. Integra Lifesciences (safe harbor for drug testing); Traffix Devices, Inc. v. Marketing Displays, Inc. (trade dress infringement); Moseley v. V Secret Catalogue (trademark dilution); and Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox (Lanham Act). Mark also helped prepare the Solicitor General’s response to six requests for views by the Supreme Court in intellectual property matters: Fin Control v. Surfco (combination patents); Honeywell v. Hamilton (doctrine of equivalents); Micrel v. Linear Technology (on-sale bar); Monsanto v. Bayer (bona fide purchaser sublicensee); SmithKline v. Apotex (novelty); and Jazz Photo v. Fuji (representing the International Trade Commission).


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