Marc Kaufman


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Catholic University School of Law


Boston University

M.S., Mechanical Engineering

Previous Experience

  • Reed Smith (Equity Partner and Co-leader of Fintech Team)
  • Nixon Peabody (Partner, Patents Practice Group Leader)


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Experience

Marc Kaufman concentrates his practice in the area of patent strategy, in particular, advising clients in protecting, managing and leveraging their intellectual property assets. He has also represented clients in defending against patent assertions in district courts and through post-grant administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent Office. Mr. Kaufman has created structured procedures to secure and enforce intellectual property rights in a market-focused manner. Marc’s practice focuses on computer software including the areas of Fintech, database technology, content distribution, and computer security. Over the last several years, Marc has actively monitored and analyzed the emerging patent landscape related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Marc is a co-founder of the Blockchain IP Council and is a member of the Impact of Technology Expert Group of the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

Enhancing a reputation as a leading voice in the area of intellectual property matters, Mr. Kaufman has spoken around the world, including at the World Trade Organization, the United States Patent Trademark Office, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.  He has also authored many articles and been quoted in notable publications such as the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Forbes, Newsweek, and the Patent Trademark & Copyright Journal. Mr. Kaufman has been named to the IAM 350 Top Patent Strategists every year since its inception.

Prior to joining Rimon, Mr. Kaufman was a partner at Reed Smith. Mr. Kaufman received his J.D. from The Catholic University of America School of Law. He received his B.S. from Boston University.


  • A Blockchain Innovators Guide to IP Strategy, Protecting Innovation, and Avoiding Infringement (Chamber of Digital Commerce) December 2018
  • Patent Office Institutes Post-Prosecution Patent Program, Co-Author(s): Gerard M. Donovan, 18 July 2016
  • Federal Circuit's Enfish is an Important 101 Decision, Co-Author(s): Gerard M. Donovan, Amardeep (Sonny) Grewal, 18 May 2016
  • Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain, Co-Author(s): Ranajoy Basu, Paul Bond, Edward J. Estrada, Anthony J. Ford, Jacqui Hatfield, Tyree P. Jones, Jr., Mark S. Melodia, J. Andrew Moss, Cynthia O'Donoghue, Carolyn H. Rosenberg, Evan Thorn, Stephen I. Winter, 11 May 2016
  • New Patent Office Memo to Examiners Raises The Bar For § 101 Rejections, Co-Author(s): Gerard M. Donovan, 9 May 2016
  • Supreme Court: Should Appeal Give Deference to Lower Courts on Claim Construction? Co-Author(s): Robert R. Riddle, 17 October 2014
  • The U.S. Patent Minefield Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon (3rd Edition), 22 April 2014
  • Effective Patent Monetization Strategy IP Monetization 2012: Maximize the Value of Your IP Assets, 9 May 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Patent Monetization Cookbook: A Structured Approach to Monetizing Patents, 2012 
  • Building & Enforcing Intellectual Property Value, IP Value 2012
  • Efficient Execution of an IP Strategy IAM Magazine, 6 February 2006
  • London Blockchain Week- The Emerging Patent Landscape Related to Blockchain Technology, London, February 11, 2019
  • Unchain Convention- Managing the Patent Threat in Blockchain Eco-Systems, Berlin, June 12, 2019
  • DC Blockchain Summit- Blockchain Technology: The Emerging Patent Risk, Washington, DC, May 10, 2018
  • Questel Seminar - Is the Blockchain still open source? Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London,1 December 2016
  • Is the Blockchain Still Open Source? The Emerging Patent Landscape Surrounding Distributed Ledger Technology, CLE / CPD, Webinar, 28 June 2016
  • Blockchain and Digital Currency: The Emerging Patent Landscape, Webinar, 8 March 2016
  • Best Practices in Patent Monetization, "From the Nation's Capitol: A Big Year for Changes in Patentability", San Francisco, CA, Seminar / Webinar, 26-27 March 2015
  • Calculating & Proving Patent Damages: Strategic issues for proving and refuting damages claims, 18-19 September 2014
  • "Patent Valuation: Lessons from Recent Transactions in the Patent Monetization Marketplace", Twelve & K Hotel, Washington, D.C., Seminar
  • Law Seminars International Presents: Best Practices in Patent Monetization, University Club of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 6-7 March 2014
  • 2013 ANA Ad Law & Public Policy Conference, Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C., 19-20 March 2013
  • IP Monetization 2012: Maximize the Value of Your IP Assets, "Implementing a Successful IP Monetization Program", PLI New York Center, New York, NY, 9 May 2012
  • Law Seminars International Presents: Best Practices in Patent Monetization, San Francisco, CA, CLE / CPD, 6 February 2012
  • Law Seminars International Presents: Best Practices in Patent Monetization - Strategies for Getting Value from Patents in the Corporate World, San Francisco, CA, 21 February 2011


  • FinTech Sector IP Lawyer of the Year in Washington D.C., Global Law Experts, 2019-present
  • FinTech Sector IP Attorney of the Year – Washington D.C., Corporate INTL Magazine (JRS Corporate Limited), 2019
  • IAM 250, Intellectual Asset Management's (Law Business Research), 2010-11
  • IAM 300, Intellectual Asset Management's (Law Business Research), 2012-16
  • Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2016


Mr. Kaufman currently serves as Pro Bono Counsel of the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning.


 "Then Came the Hedge Funds: Patent Death Squad Causes a Ruckus" Bloomberg, 4 June 2015