Mark P. Ropella



Mark is an Intellectual Property attorney in Foley & Lardner LLP’s Milwaukee office and a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice Group.

Mark leverages his background in engineering to provide strategic business advice and service to clients.  Mark is knowledgeable in a wide range of mechanical, electromechanical, and computer-based technologies including control systems, manufacturing, heavy equipment and machinery, automotive technology, aerospace technology, medical devices, financial systems, consumer products, and web based applications.

Mark has substantial patent application drafting and prosecution experience and has supported IP efforts in the United States and Internationally. Further, Mark has counseled clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, on recognizing and avoiding various Intellectual Property risks associated with their business.  Mark has also worked directly with engineering design teams to identify potential areas of concern and develop design alternatives to reduce the risks associated with releasing a new products into the marketplace.

Mark is proud to have a robust Pro Bono practice and has been recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office several times for his efforts helping multiple first-time inventors achieve patent protection for their inventions.  Additionally, Mark serves as a member on Foley’s Boys and Girls Club Relationship Committee and enjoys being an integral member of the local community.

Prior to joining Foley, Mark worked for United Technologies Aerospace Systems (UTAS) as a part of their co-op program. During his time at UTAS, Mark analyzed and improved assembly processes as a manufacturing engineer in the Space, Land, and Sea department, worked as a test engineer performing certification testing for commercial airline generators, and performed Relentless Root Cause Analysis as project engineer for the pumps system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.


  • Marquette University Law School, (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
    • Article editor, Marquette Law Review
    • President, Intellectual Property Law Society
    • Leader, Academic Success Program
  • Marquette University, (B.S., magna cum laude, 2016)
    • Member, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)