Mark Goracke is a Boston intellectual property attorney who focuses his practice on all facets of IP litigation. Mr. Goracke represents clients in patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress and trade secret disputes, as well as various related contractual matters and state law claims. Mr. Goracke has counseled clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, telephony, application performance management software, gaming and children's toys, hospitality and hotels, unmanned aerial systems technology, sporting goods and apparel, and fast-moving consumer goods. He is well-versed in areas of intellectual property (IP) litigation, including pre-discovery identification and interviews of custodians and collection of documents, managing relationships and case development with e-discovery and managed document review vendors, drafting and filing successful petitions for inter partes review, fact and expert discovery, preparing for, defending, taking and otherwise participating in depositions, motion practice (in state court, federal district court and at the appellate level), oral argument, filings under the Hague Convention, summary judgment, trial, mediations and appeals. Mr. Goracke has also counseled clients in non-IP-related litigation matters, including claims of antitrust violations, breach of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, and other various state law claims. Finally, Mr. Goracke also has experience preparing, filing and prosecuting trademark applications and counseling clients on obtaining and maintaining trademark registrations, as well as drafting and negotiating licenses and settlement agreements.
Mr. Goracke has also made public service and charitable work an important part of his practice. Beginning in 2022, Mr. Goracke began serving as the co-chair of the Boston office's Pro Bono and Charitable Services committee, helping to lead and coordinate the Boston office's pro bono and community service efforts. In addition, Mr. Goracke's pro bono work includes representing an inmate housed in the Health Services Unit of a Massachusetts prison making a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and seeking equal treatment for disabled prisoners, as well as counseling clients on issues concerning immigration, asylum and assisting clients in successfully applying for/obtaining green cards and work permits, including representing clients at case management and status update hearings. He served as the co-captain of Holland & Knight's Greater Boston Legal Services Associate Fundraiser Team, as well as conceived and led the Boston office's now-annual associate-driven Games for Toys Winter Charity Event, an event that raises funds for Boston-area nonprofit organizations. In addition, Mr. Goracke serves as a member of the Boston office's associate liaison committee and a founding member of the planning committee for the Boston office's annual Start Up the Summer associate marketing event, which gathers hundreds of young professionals spanning various industries from the greater Boston area. This event has been replicated at other Holland & Knight offices throughout the country.
While attending law school, Mr. Goracke was an article editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law, a judicial intern for Judge Alexander H. Sands III at the Massachusetts Land Court and an intern for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He was designated an Edward F. Hennessey Distinguished Scholar during his third year of law school and graduated with honors in the Boston University School of Law's Intellectual Property Law Concentration.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
- Canisius College, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Boston Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020