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H. Mark Lyon is a technology partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Palo Alto office. As Chair of the firm’s Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems Practice Group, Mr. Lyon has extensive expertise in the legal, ethical, and policy issues arising from the use of such technologies. In addition, Mr. Lyon is a member of the Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, and Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Groups.
For nearly three decades, Mr. Lyon has represented clients as lead trial and appellate counsel in patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, products liability, bankruptcy, and other complex litigation matters. He has led litigation teams in matters involving sophisticated technologies ranging from electronic devices, artificial intelligence and other computer software, wireless telecommunications, and semiconductor products to medical devices and pharmaceuticals. While Mr. Lyon has successfully tried cases to verdict, both in jury and bench trials, a consistent hallmark of his overall success has been the strategic use of targeted motion practice to win cases prior to trial. Indeed, on multiple occasions, the Daily Journal has named Mr. Lyon as a top IP litigator for his handling of high-stakes, high-profile litigation matters. Exemplary clients include a major Silicon Valley-based global consumer electronics manufacturer, Facebook, Oculus, GCL, Sharp, St. Jude Medical, Medtronic, VMware, Square, Red Hat, and Novell, among many others.
Mr. Lyon also regularly counsels and advises clients in transactional and strategic matters, particularly in emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, new energy, medical devices, and bots and other apps. Mr. Lyon assists clients in their acquisition and sale of technology-related businesses, as well as in the strategic protection of intellectual property rights through their development, distribution, and marketing of products and services. In addition, Mr. Lyon regularly advises clients on navigating various regulatory and other legal hazards, particularly those relating to artificial intelligence technologies, as well as creating appropriate legal and ethical policies and procedures for such businesses.
Mr. Lyon is a frequent author and lecturer on matters relating to technology, particularly those involving machine learning and other AI/AS technologies, as well as on issues relating to intellectual property and disputes before the U.S. International Trade Commission. In addition, Mr. Lyon is an active member of The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems as well as the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
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Mr. Lyon is admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C., as well as various district and appellate courts across the country and has had particular success defending cases in the plaintiff-favorite Eastern District of Texas.
Mr. Lyon obtained his J.D., summa cum laude, from Santa Clara University and holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Lyon worked for Lockheed Missiles & Space Systems, Inc., in the Space Systems and Astronautics Divisions, performing systems design and analysis for radio frequency and laser satellite telecommunications and computer and laser networks.
Mr. Lyon is a member of Pi Mu Epsilon (a national mathematics honorary), Eta Kappa Nu (a national electrical engineering honorary), and Alpha Sigma Nu (a national Jesuit honorary). He is a former co-chair of the Patent Litigation Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is active in a number of other professional organizations.
Santa Clara University - 1992 Juris Doctor
Michigan State University - 1985 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar