• South Carolina
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Mark C. Dukes

T: 803.255.9381
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Columbia, SC 29201

Mark Dukes is a partner of the Firm and chairs the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Group. His practice involves patents, trademarks, litigation, unfair trade practices, advertising, and international law.


  • Represents multinational corporations in intellectual property law
  • Experience in strategic client counseling and intellectual property portfolio management
  • Experience in defense and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe, and Asia

Previous Professional Experience

  • Served as an examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1984-86)


  • Judicial clerk for Judge Jean G. Bissell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court with exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals, in Washington, D.C.

Awards and Honors

Representative U.S. Cases

The following is a selected sampling of recent cases and is provided for informational purposes only.  Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future litigation matter: 

  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company and Power Tool Holders Incorporated v. Wengdong Honfa Machine Company, Ltd., Shandong Weida Machine-Tool Means Group Company, Hutchin Enterprises, Limited and Northern Hydraulics - patent infringement litigation relating to keyless drill chucks
  • Easco Hand Tools, Inc. v. Thorsen Tools, Inc. - trademark infringement case
  • Stephen C. Baer v. Leica Microsystems, Inc. and Leica Microsystems, GmbH - patent infringement litigation regarding super-resolution confocal microscopy
  • Hunter Engineering Company v. Hennessy Industries, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding automotive maintenance equipment
  • Paul N. Ware and Systems Innovation, L.L.C. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. et al - patent infringement litigation regarding computer methods
  • Fiskars Brands, Inc. v. Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. - patent infringement litigation regarding multi-tools