Mark A. Metzke is an attorney for Knobbe Martens. He specializes in patent prosecution with an emphasis in the chemical and life sciences fields. Dr. Metzke’s practice includes patent prosecution, client counseling on infringement and validity, strategic management of patent portfolios, due diligence studies, and other related counseling. He currently represents foreign and domestic clients in diverse technological fields including small molecules, pharmaceuticals, polymers, nanotechnology, medical devices, nutritional supplements, and other life science areas.
Prior to joining the Knobbe Martens, Dr. Metzke worked as a scientist at the Hitachi Chemical Research Center, where he performed research in the area of synthetic drug delivery systems, biomaterials, and strategic product development. Before becoming a scientist, Dr. Metzke worked as a research chemist for Pharm-Eco Laboratories (now Johnson Matthey Pharma Services, Inc.). At Pharm-Eco, Dr. Metzke worked in the area of process development.
Dr. Metzke earned his Ph.D. from at the University of California, Irvine, where his research in organic chemistry concentrated on biomaterials. His projects involved synthesizing small-molecule-monomers derived from peptides and saccharides and polymerizing these monomers to afford new classes of biomaterials. Dr. Metzke also tested these biomaterials to determine their suitability in tissue engineering and drug/gene delivery applications. Dr. Metzke published and spoke extensively in the area of biomaterials and polymer chemistry.