Mark Summerfield

Mark Summerfield

Mark Summerfield a registered Australian Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, and former Special Counsel at Watermark – Intellectual Asset Management, where he specialized in patent law and practice in the fields of digital and computer systems, information and communications technologies, and computer software. Originally qualified in electrical engineering, he spent the first 12 years of his career in academic and industrial roles in research, development and commercialization. He obtained a PhD in optical fibre technology and has over 12 years experience working as part of the team of patent and trade marks attorneys and IP lawyers at Watermark, where he advised and assisted individuals, companies and research institutions with management and protection of their intellectual assets.


Posts by Mark Summerfield


Will Australia’s Listed Firms Save the IP Profession from Stagnation?

My fellow Australian patent attorney Andy Mukherji recently asked the question on this site: Are Australia’s listed IP firms doomed to fail? Doubtless the hyperbole was …
By Mark Summerfield
4 years ago 2

McDonald’s Australian Rebrand: “Macca’s”, a Local Slang Name

But this article is less concerned with actual imperialism, and more with cultural imperialism –particularly the “invasion” of this country by that once all-American, but now global, …
By Mark Summerfield
8 years ago 1

Apple’s ‘Innovative’ Australian Patent Strategy

As readers will no doubt be aware, Australia is one of the jurisdictions in which Apple is currently pursuing litigation against its Android-based smartphone and tablet competitors. …
By Mark Summerfield
8 years ago 10

Intellectual Property from the Land Down Under, 2010 Part 2

The gene patents issue had been simmering in Australia for some time, with a Senate Enquiry into the subject having been underway for over a year, but …
By Mark Summerfield
10 years ago 0

Intellectual Property from the Land Down Under, 2010 Part 1

While 2010 was quite an eventful year for IP in Australia and New Zealand, this still does not equate to dozens of potential stories to pick from, given …
By Mark Summerfield
10 years ago 0