Patent & Trademark Attorney Profile


Mark D. Miller


Mark Miller’s depth of experience in intellectual property, litigation and business matters is highly valued by his clients.

Mr. Miller is a registered patent attorney, and over the past 30 years has obtained hundreds of patents and trademarks on behalf of his clients from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also assisted in obtaining scores of patents and trademarks in foreign countries. 

Mr. Miller is also an experienced business litigation attorney specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition and related matters. He has been the instructor for intellectual property law classes at the San Joaquin College of Law since 1993. Mr. Miller is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®. He was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 – a rating of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Mr. Miller received a B.S. degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1979, and then worked as a software marketing engineer at Hewlett-Packard Company in Cupertino, California, before attending Santa Clara University School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1984. He was an associate attorney and then a shareholder at the law firm of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton in Fresno, California from 1984 – 2011. He then founded Sierra IP Law®, PC in 2011. Mr. Miller received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1984.

Mr. Miller is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions:

  • All State Courts Within the State of California
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado

Mr. Miller has been involved in the following activities:

  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Joaquin Valley
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Fresno County Bar Association
  • Catholic Professional & Business Club
  • Leadership Fresno (1993)
  • Intellectual Property Law Instructor, San Joaquin College of Law (1993-present)
  • Civil Procedure Instructor, Fresno City College (1993-2003)
  • High school Mock Trial coach


“It takes a thousand men to invent a telegraph, or a steam engine, or a phonograph, or a photograph, or a telephone or any other important thing—and the last man gets the credit and we forget the others. He added his little mite — that is all he did. These object lessons should teach us that ninety-nine parts of all things that proceed from the intellect are plagiarisms, pure and simple; and the lesson ought to make us modest. But nothing can do that.” 

Mark Twain


"Sierra IP Law exceeded our expectations
and continues to provide our firm with excellent results."