Mark I. Koffsky
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Columbia University School of Law J.D., 1995
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1992
Yeshiva University B.A., Physics, 1992
Mark I. Koffsky is a founding Partner of Koffsky Schwalb LLC and a registered patent attorney. Mark specializes in providing legal and business advice to growing businesses, where he draws upon his counseling, IP and litigation experience from his prior positions with law firms, public companies and the government.
Previously, Mark served as Deputy General Counsel of SMSC—a $400M semiconductor company acquired by Microchip in 2012—for nearly seven years. As SMSC’s chief IP lawyer, Mark oversaw worldwide patent and trademark portfolios in the wireless audio, PC, USB, Ethernet and automotive spaces, executed patent licensing programs with global technology companies, and managed offensive and defensive IP matters. At SMSC, Mark also provided advice on issues related to SEC, compliance, employment, tax, export control and other regulatory matters.
From 2000 to 2003, Mark was a corporate counsel at Symbol Technologies, Inc. (later acquired by Motorola Solutions), where he implemented IP prosecution, litigation, and licensing strategies for the auto ID, portable terminal and wireless business units. Mark obtained extensive litigation and corporate experience as an attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP (2003-2006) and Kenyon & Kenyon LLP (1997-2000), two prominent law firms that specialize in intellectual property matters.
From 1995 to 1997, Mark served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond C. Clevenger, III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and then as a policy planning attorney-advisor in the Office of the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
A frequent speaker and writer on law and policy, Mark has presented to the ALM Corporate Counsel Conference, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers’ Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and the Wi-Fi Alliance. He has delivered training sessions to corporate audiences worldwide and his writing has appeared in Slate magazine. Mark also serves as pro bono counsel to We Connect The Dots, Inc., a non-profit with a mission to inspire and educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) careers.
Mark is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded the Carroll G. Harper Prize for achievement in intellectual property studies. While at Columbia, Mark published two law review articles: “Patent Preemption of Computer Software Contracts Restricting Reverse Engineering: The Last Stand?” (Columbia Law Review, 1995); and “Choppy Waters in the Surveillance Data Stream: The Clipper Scheme and the Particularity Clause” (Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 1994).