Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Welcome Mark Harper!!

The Northern Law Blog is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Harper as a contributing writer. Mark is a patent lawyer at Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski, P.C., in Troy, Michigan.

Mark earned his B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering in 1992 from Ohio State University. Mark then received his law degree from NIU in 2005, where he graduated magna cum laude. He was a member of the NIU Law Review and a semi-finalist in the 2004 NIU Moot Court competition.

During his studies at Ohio State, Mark was selected as a B.F. Goodrich Young Inventor and issued one patent for his graduate research. Following graduation he was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Before returning to school to pursue his law degree, he worked as a research engineer in the metals industry where his research interests included high temperature corrosion and alloy development. In addition, he served as principal investigator on two government funded alloy development programs, one involving a large collaboration between two universities and a national laboratory.

Mark has over thirty publications and one patent in the material science field. This is a tremendous addition to the Northern Law Blog. We look forward to hearing from Mark about recent developments in IP law.

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