Practice Areas

Intellectual property strategy, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, IP licensing and contracts, and IP dispute resolution


Mark A. Goldstein is a partner and intellectual property attorney with SoCal IP Law Group LLP. He has specialized in intellectual property law since 1999, after working as a civil litigation attorney. In addition to a practice that includes patent preparation, trademark acquisition, intellectual property licensing and related counseling, Mark renders patent and trademark infringement opinions, participates in intellectual property due diligence in support of acquisitions, implements corporate patent programs, and develops trademark portfolios. He gained experience in the computer software business at Codex Corporation/Motorola Information Systems Group and Xerox Corporation.

While obtaining his law degree, Mark earned an Exceptional Achievement Award for his performance in an Intellectual Property Protection of Computer Software seminar. His technical experience includes computer software, networking software and devices, digital multimedia creation and broadcasting, electronic commerce, and computer architecture. Mark is a member of the International Trademark Association and the Association for Computing Machinery.

Professional Involvement

  • Guest lecturer, Technology Management Program, University of California Santa Barbara, 2012, 2013 and 2015 – present
  • Guest lecturer, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California 2018 and 2019
  • Guest lecturer, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, 2016
  • Mentor, New Venture Competition, University of California Santa Barbara, 2012 – present
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Conejo Valley – Sports, 2017
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Conejo Valley, HUB101, 2016
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Santa Barbara, 2012, 2015 and 2017
  • Mentor, Startup Weekend Santa Maria, 2013 and 2014
  • Mentor, Hot House, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2012 – 2017
  • Southwestern Law School Alumni Board of Directors, 2010 – 2018
  • Facilitator, Inn of St. Ives, Southwestern Law School, 2012 – 2016
  • Guest speaker, Channel Islands High School, Oxnard, California, 2014
  • Speaker, The Intellectual Property/Technology Business Section and In-House Counsel & Corporate Law Section of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, November 17, 2011, “The America Invents Act: What Does It Mean for Your Company / Your Clients?”
  • Guest lecturer, Critical Management Issues in Telecom and IT, Technology Management Program, University of California Santa Barbara, May 3, 2011, “The Importance of Intellectual Property to Companies in the IT and Telecom Sectors”
  • Speaker, Clean Technology Leaders Conference of the Clean Technology Council, February 1, 2011 “How to Protect Your Ideas and Add Value to Your Company”
  • Guest lecturer, Mathematics & Computer Science Graduate Seminar, California State University Channel Islands, October 28, 2010 and February 8, 2006, “The Other IP – Intellectual Property – Why You Should Know What It Is”
  • Speaker, Ventura County CPA Law Society, April 28, 2006, “Hot Topics In Intellectual Property Law”
  • Speaker, Intellectual Property Section of the Ventura County Bar Association, May 5, 2005, “Ordaining an Outcome or Creating a Catastrophe: The Consequences of Using Definitions in Patents”
  • Lead author, amicus brief addressing patent claim interpretation filed on behalf of the Conejo Valley Bar Association, Phillips v AWH, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Admitted to the Bar

U.S Patent and Trademark Office
Central District of California
Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court


Columbia University, B.A. Computer Science, 1986
University of Southern California, M.S. Computer Science, 1988
Southwestern Law School, J.D., 1993


Mark’s participation in entrepreneurship events was recognized in the following:

Startup Weekend, en Español: Entrepreneurs Pitch in Santa Maria
Pacific Coast Business Times,  August 8, 2014

UCSB New Venture Competition
Bird-watching Apps and Electric Porsches: Startups Pitch Ideas
Pacific Coast Business Times, April 20, 2012

Mark authored the following:

Sasha and Malia Dolls: Legal Remedies for the Obamas
Patently-O Blog, January 24, 2009
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Mark’s opinion was sought and Mark was quoted in the following high-tech patent news stories:

Patent Fights Could Change Google’s Android Pitch
CNET, April 28, 2010

Will Apple’s Patents Banish HTC Phones?
PC World, March 3, 2010

Apple suit: Psystar’s Mac clones must be recalled
Beyond Binary, CNET, July 15, 2008
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Apple Is Accused of Violating Software Patent
The New York Times, September 1, 2005
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Microsoft, Apple in iPod Patent Tussle
CNET, August 12, 2005
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Microsoft FAT Patent Falls Flat
CNET, September 30, 2004
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