Mark P. Vrla Partner
As outside intellectual property law counsel for large and small companies, Mark works collaboratively with his clients to identify and position them effectively while also taking into consideration the challenges and opportunities they face. Mark’s experience includes prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications, analyzing patents and providing opinions on patent infringement and validity, trademark search and clearance, litigating patent and trademark issues, and negotiating patent and trademark licenses.
He has represented clients involved in a variety of industries, including electrical and electronic components, electrical power systems, hydraulic systems, household appliances, industrial packaging equipment, aseptic and other consumer packaging, motor vehicles and components, wastewater treatment and sports equipment, among others.
A car enthusiast with an engineering background, Mark is a quick study when it comes to understanding inventions of various types, particularly mechanical ones.
Prior to attending law school, Mark worked in the commercial electric power industry for nearly 12 years. He has substantial experience in power plant design, construction, operation and maintenance. Mark’s understanding of how businesses operate, particularly having worked in-house himself, helps give him insight into understanding his client’s financial goals, working within existing management structures and adhering to critical deadlines.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, BMW Car Club of America; teaches high-performance driving skills at race tracks and other environments