BOSTON, August 16, 2013 — Mark A. Fischer has built a dynamic and innovative legal career spanning over three decades. A partner at Boston’s Duane Morris LLP, Fischer began his law practice by focusing largely on protecting the interests of creative innovators such as media companies, writers, musicians, and other entertainers and media personalities.
Fischer’s practice has grown dramatically over the years to accommodate the increased presence and influence of disruptive technologies such as social media. His client base has grown to include innovators in disparate fields such as biotech, medicine, and other sciences. Fischer represents corporate and private clients across the entire spectrum of creative endeavor.
Fischer’s deep expertise covers the legal spectrum of U.S. and international copyright, copyright litigation, trademark,licensing, entertainment law, celebrity representation, arbitration, and patent licensing. Fluent in the intricacies of eBooks, open source, Creative Commons and other evolving publishing models, Fischer interacts with ease among clients in both the corporate and the non-profit worlds. His stellar track record with cases in these areas has made him one of the most sought-after attorneys of his kind in the world.
“Toward the beginning of my career,” said Fischer in a recent interview, “I worked with entertainment clients and tech innovators separately; but the Internet eventually changed that, allowing those two sides of my practice to become melded together into one track.”
Fischer is a trailblazer in linking content, technology and innovation. His many contributions include having helped draft the very first agreement for open source software back in the early 1980s, and more recently, co-creating the BioBricks Public Agreement (BPA). The BPA is a unique and influential model for research and development in synthetic biology. Fischer also co-writes Perle, Williams & Fischer on Publishing Law, the leading treatise of its kind.
He admits to being a “cool hunter” who looks to solve new challenges in innovation, wherever creativity, business, and law intersect. “Really, too much is not enough when it comes to working with creativity. The excitement of innovation is magical.”
Fischer is much in demand as a public speaker. He has lectured for a wide range of audiences from Berklee College of Music to Harvard Law School to the American Alliance of Museums. He teaches Advanced Copyright at Suffolk University Law School.
Fischer continues to help pave the way for innovators from countries all around the globe to advance their work with full confidence that the monetization and integrity of their intellectual property will be maximized and protected.
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