Mark G. Chretien focuses his practice in the areas of acquisition, maintenance and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright and related intellectual property rights.
Mark has experience in prosecuting and obtaining patents for clients in a wide range of technologies, including chemical and hydrocarbon processing, oil and gas technologies, waste treatment and recycling, materials science, industrial controls and medical processes. Mark has successfully prosecuted patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and conducted successful appeals before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Mark also counsels clients on patent portfolio management and has experience in preparing validity, non-infringement and freedom to operate opinions.
Mark is also experienced in trademark matters, including prosecution and registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, clearance of trademarks for commercial use and conducting trademark opposition and cancellation actions before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Mark's practice also involves transactional matters including drafting and negotiating of technology licensing, transfer, joint development, confidentiality and other intellectual property related agreements and conducting of intellectual property due diligence investigations.
Before entering law school, Mark obtained work experience in the field of petrochemical processing and participated in the startup and commissioning of an ethylene production facility in south Louisiana. Mark also participated in the Teach for America program and was a high school chemistry and math teacher for three years.
Awards & Recognition
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2007 and 2009
•Leadership Houston, Class of 2007-2008
•Leadership Academy Class, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2004-2005
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
Speaker, Protection of Intellectual Property and its Importance to the Economy and Growth of the High Tech Sector, Delegation of government officials from Shandong Province, China, University of Houston Continuing Education Program, Houston, TX, December 22, 2014
•Speaker, I.P. Issues for Employment Lawyers, CLE Presentation, National Employment Lawyers Association's Houston Chapter, Houston, TX, April 24, 2014
•Speaker, How the Public Use Bar Is Impacted by the America Invents Act, 28th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property Law, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Galveston, Texas, October 4-6, 2012
•The Question of Availability: Grain Processing Corp. v. American Maize-Products Co., 38 Hous. L. Rev. 1489, 2002
Associated News & Events
03.11.13 Greenberg Traurig's Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Elevates 5 Attorneys to Shareholder, 1 to Of Counsel; 44 to Shareholder Firmwide
03.07.13 Greenberg Traurig Elevates 5 Attorneys to Shareholder in Texas, 44 Attorneys to Shareholder Globally
03.05.13 Greenberg Traurig Elevates 41 Attorneys to Shareholder, 15 to Of Counsel