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Mark Vallone

Chief Patent Counsel, Americas


Mark Vallone is Chief Patent Counsel, Americas at IBM, where he manages the company’s patent procurement team in the Americas and its patent portfolio management team, and where he serves as a leader in patent strategy and policy matters.  He previously served as lead IP Counsel for IBM Cloud and IBM Commerce, for which he supported transactions and product clearances, led patent procurement operations, and provided advice and counsel on a wide range of other IP matters.  He also previously led patent procurement operations for IBM Consulting and IBM Global Markets.  Mark received his B.S. in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998, after which he spent five years as a software developer for IBM in the areas of network security, distributed computing, and e-commerce.  He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University in 2006.  He is a registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is a member of the New York State Bar.

Recent Articles by Mark Vallone

The Ethics and Practicality of AI Assisted Patent Drafting

Given current and ongoing economic realities, patent practitioners—both in-house and outside counsel—are constantly being asked to do more within existing budgets. Meanwhile, more robust patent applications thick with technical detail are necessary to satisfy courts and patent offices around the world. Working within budgetary constraints without sacrificing quality requires outside the box thinking and use of available tools to streamline as much of the process as possible. Enter Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is taking the world by storm, and recently garnered the attention of the American Bar Association, which has just announced the creation of a task force that will examine the impact of AI on law practice and the ethical implications of its use for lawyers.

Upcoming Events with Mark Vallone

IPWatchdog LIVE 2024

September 29, 2024-October 1, 2024

Past Events with Mark Vallone

IPWatchdog LIVE 2023

September 17-19, 2023

Artificial Intelligence Masters™ 2023

Held on March 07-08, 2023