Mark V.B. Partridge


Harvard Law

J.D. in 1980

University of Nebraska

B.A. in 1978

Prior Experience

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP

Admitted to Bar

Illinois, 1981

Awards & Honors

2010 IAM Top 250 IP Strategists in the World

WTR 1000

Mark V.B. Partridge

Managing Partner



While still at Harvard Law School, Mark argued his first appellate case. He was a student volunteer at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and won the case. His winning record has continued throughout his career. As lead counsel in all phases of federal litigation, Mark Partridge has successfully represented domestic and international corporations at trial and appellate proceedings. But litigation isn’t just about winning. It’s about the business assets of our clients at stake. We are problem-solvers. While many litigators are effective technicians, not all are advisors who listen, understand the issues at hand, and then take the time to work out your options.

Barbarians at the Gate.

Mark has been advising Fortune 500 companies on trademark issues since the late 1980’s when the Nabisco/RJR Reynolds merger was the largest transaction of its kind involving assets around the world. Mark was brought in as one of the specialists who conducted due diligence and then developed strategic plans for the selection, protection and enforcement of corporate brands to increase the value of diverse global trademarks. He coordinated the transfer and registration of trademarks across borders while facilitating the launch of new products and businesses.

How do you get named one of the Top IP Strategists in the World?

You listen. You understand a client’s business. You help educate your clients. You are an advisor and not just a lawyer. We pride ourselves in our role as consultant to your business. We understand the value of your assets and dynamics of the global marketplace.

What do Google, Chanel and Madonna all have in common?

They were victims of cybersquatting. As an early pioneer in the development of laws surrounding domain name disputes in the mid-90’s, Mark has issued over 150 published decisions as a WIPO panelist for UDRP disputes. His ruling on one of the first domain dispute cases filed by the singer Madonna is one of the most frequently cited cases in domain case history. In the realm of unlawful online practices, Mark has handled cases involving computer fraud and abuse, spamming, phishing, copyright and trademark infringement, and data breach. Mark acts as both advocate and advisor. His strong worldwide connections with both regulators and regulatory agencies help our clients get better results. He has handled domain name disputes for luxury brands, online retailers, manufacturers, and Fortune 500 companies.

Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mark is also a key player at the forefront of the movement toward Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and as a Lanham Act mediator in Illinois Federal Court. Mark has leveraged his ADR experience to achieve favorable, cost-effective mediated settlements across a variety of industries.

Cabernet or Pinot?

When he was not litigating cases while a student at Harvard, Mark taught wine classes. He also taught guitar lessons to children in the neighborhood as a teen and has been teaching ever since. He teaches trademark law to distinguished lawyers around the world. Mark is a frequent speaker on intellectual property protection and has appeared before professional and industry groups around the country and around the world. He is currently teaching an advanced degree course in IP law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Part of teaching is writing. An accomplished author, Mark has had four books and dozens of articles published in his area of expertise.

Speaking Events:

Chicago-Kent College of Law Intensive Intellectual Property Trial Advocacy Course
Jan 11-15
Chicago-Kent College of Law

Published Articles:

Trademarks in Film, Television, Webcasts, Video Games and Songs
Advanced Trademark Law Annual Review 2014
Protecting Your Brand as the Internet Expands
Marketing News