Marcelo Copat prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications, primarily in the electrical and software arts, and conducts freedom-to-operate assessments of new products.

Marcelo leverages his experience working in the industry for nearly 20 years to counsel clients on:

  • Risk mitigation in connection with development of new products
  • Business deals, including U.S. and cross-border technology licenses and asset purchases and sales
  • Collaborative research and development relationships, including compliance with the Bayh-Dole Act and iEdison reporting

Marcelo has represented startup and large clients in countries such as Denmark, Ireland, Israel and Spain in addition to the U.S.

Intellectual Property Industry Experience

Prior to law school, Marcelo worked in the industry in a variety of domestic and international roles, including:

  • As managing director of a company based in The Netherlands, was responsible for marketing, intellectual property and manufacturing activities servicing Europe, the Middle East and Africa
  • As director of intellectual property, led development of global IP strategies and managed outside counsel IP activities, trade secrets, patents and patent infringement risk, and conducted many merger and acquisition due diligence assessments

Continuing Education

  • Strategic Growth, Chicago Business School, 2003
  • Strategic Leadership Development, Center for Creative Leadership, 1999
  • Technology Management, California Institute of Technology, 1998
  • Marketing, London Business School, 1993
  • Executive Course in Manufacturing Management, Darden Business School, 1990


Bar Admissions

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana




Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. cum laude, Order of the Barristers (2007)

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1984)

Rutgers University
Completed course work toward M.S. in Statistics with concentration in Design of Experiments and Quality Control (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Developments in Patent Law: 35 USC §§ 101 and 112(f)
    Indianapolis Bar Association, November 2017
  • Developments in Patent Law: 35 USC § 112¶1, and Inequitable Conduct
    Indianapolis Bar Association, October 2017
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Mechanics
    Indianapolis Bar Association, February 2015
  • University-Industry Partnering in IP Creation and Commercialization Implications of Federal Funding
    Indianapolis Bar Association, October 2014
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Roundtable
    Indianapolis Bar Association, September 2014
  • Recent SCOTUS IP Decisions
    indybar.com IP Section Update, June 2014
  • Patent Law Year in Review — 2011
    Indianapolis Bar Association, 2012
  • Patent Fundamentals
    Indiana Inventors Association, 2009
  • Patent Review Gives Insight into Nonwovens Technology
    Nonwovens Industry, May 1, 2009
  • Assessing the Obviousness of Inventions
    Patent Strategy & Management, May 2008
  • Laboratory Notebooks as Evidence in Patent Litigation
    Co-author with Nancy G. Tinsley, Intellectual Property Counselor, January 2007

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — IP Section (Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2014-15)
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