Mark McKenna

As a full-time law professor, Mark’s research and teaching focus on intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, and design.

Experience

Mark McKennaMark counsels clients with respect to complex intellectual property analysis and strategy. His teaching experience shapes his approach to working with clients. He enjoys helping them develop strategies to deal with especially challenging IP issues and thinking creatively about how to advance clients’ long-term interests. Mark’s perspective on IP law is uniquely “big picture.” He thinks a lot about how the different IP systems work together, for example, about the relationship between trademark registration and litigation strategies and he communicates his big picture perspective in a way that meaningfully shapes clients’ approaches to problem solving.

As a full-time law professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mark’s research and teaching focus on intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, and design. He is widely recognized as a leading intellectual property scholar, having published in many of the most prestigious journals in his field. Though his core area of expertise is trademark law, he has written broadly on nearly every area of intellectual property, including utility patent, design patent, copyright, and the right of publicity. His most recent work has focused on the intersection of intellectual property rights regimes and the intersection of IP rights with adjacent rights.

He has also filed numerous amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and various federal appellate and district courts. Mark also serves as an expert witness in litigation.

Contact Mark: 312.858.6829 | mmckenna@asglawfirm.com

Background

Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, McKenna was a member of the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law. Mark has also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and the Turin University-WIPO Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Program. Prior to entering academia, Mark as an attorney at a boutique IP firm in Chicago, where he litigated trademark, advertising, and copyright cases, had an active trademark registration practice, and counseled clients on a range of IP matters.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1997

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2000