Mark Smith

Principal
Mark Andrew Smith PLLC

Mark’s legal practice concentrates on Intellectual Property and builds on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as an Attorney and Senior IP Counsel at leading R&D, software and energy companies. His interest in IP strategy led to founding a separate and independent business consultancy, TechCrossings, LLC, serving emerging technology companies.

Having enjoyed serving as an adjunct professor of law, Mark now gives back at the intersection of law and business. Aiding graduate students and entrepreneurs interested in commercializing new technologies, he frequently mentors teams and judges business plans in related industry, academic and accelerator programs. Active in the Licensing Executive Society, Mark has served the LES Foundation on the Board and as VP where he has led the mentorship faculty for the Foundation’s international business plan competition for the past six years and presently chairs the Austin and Texas Hill Country Local Chapter of LES.

Mark is admitted to the Texas Bar and the USPTO, is credentialed as a Registered Technology Transfer Professional and has engineering and law degrees from SMU, an LL.M (Int’l Law) from UH and an MSTC (technology commercialization) from UT/McCombs.

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