Mark Foster

Mark Foster

Business Lawyer

Walnut Creek
California
Licensed in
CA
University of California Hastings College of the Law
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I started my Law Firm in 1988. I've been Outside General Counsel to numerous disruptive startups in high-tech, medical device, finance. I've led legal departments for multiple companies from founding to IPO, acquisition or sale. I went in-house as General Counsel to two public companies and several large-cap private companies. Also served as CFO, President, other C-Suite Executive roles.

I led Duke University spinoff Volumetrics Medical Imaging in our decade-long successful patent enforcement campaign, stopped patent infringement and licensed patents to worldwide ultrasound industry.

35years+ in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Research Triangle.
… read more Served as Special Counsel to US Embassy, Tokyo. AV Rated©.

♦ Outside & Inside General Counsel ♦ Disruptive New Venture Creation | Management ♦ International Trade Agreements ♦ Corporate Governance ♦ Commercial | Regulatory | Trade Policy ♦ Corporate Legal Infrastructure Development ♦ International and Domestic Negotiation ♦ Litigation Management
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"Mark is an incredible resource for corporate legal matters, management issues and strategic planning. He saved Natus several times by his ability, diligence and business skillset. If you can include him in your venture, you should! -Kenneth Traverso, CEO & Co-Founder, SafeinHome.com; formerly EVP Global Sales & Marketing, Natus Medical (NTUS)"

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"The work you did … on telecommunications, medical, and electrical product technical standards and systems laid the groundwork for the US government’s [decade-long] major trade initiative in the “Market Oriented Sector Selective” trade talks. We owe a lot to your pioneering effort… American firms who benefit from your work may never know the key role you played. United States Embassy, Tokyo, Japan (Mike Mansfield, Ambassador)"

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"Mr. Foster has had a distinguished legal career, having served in private practice, in government as a trade negotiator in Japan, as Counsel in Japan for the entire U.S. Electronics Industry, as lecturer in international business to MBA students and American law to foreign lawyers, and as General Counsel of public companies. United States Attorney General Richard Thornburgh"

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"Mr. Foster’s legal career has been devoted to increasing world commerce by eliminating trade barriers and promoting transparent legal and regulatory systems governed by the rule of law. Mary Kay Kane, Chancellor and Dean Emerita, University of California"

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"Your [high tech] industry knowledge is critical to the Department of Commerce and Office of the United States Trade Representative in pursuing trade objectives that reflect the concerns and interests of the private sector. -Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk (President Obama Cabinet)"

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"We hired Mark to lead our effort to enforce our patent rights on real-time 3D/4D ultrasound technology, 40 years of my research. Under his remarkable decade-long leadership we licensed our patents to the entire ultrasound industry worldwide, validating our inventorship of the modern medical ultrasound machine, and bringing us a substantial financial return. Olaf von Ramm, PhD, Duke University Engineering and Medical Schools, co-inventor of real-time 3D/4D medical ultrasound machine, Co-Founder, Volumetrics Medical Imaging, Inc"

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Work History

Law Offices of Mark Foster

Founder & Managing Partner (www.markfoster.com)

Jan 1988 - Present

My firm's been in Silicon Valley since 1988. We handle domestic & international business & commercial law. I've been a member of 10 startup teams taking the companies from founding to IPO or sale.

In 2001 I joined Natus Medical as GC upon our IPO. From 2005-12, I led Volumetrics Medical Imaging, inventor of 4D medical ultrasound, as President, GC, CFO.

I resumed my Law Office in 2016.

Jan 1988 - Present

Volumetrics Medical Imaging, Inc.

General Counsel, Secretary, President, CFO

Jul 2005 - Dec 2015

Volumetrics Medical Imaging Inc. (VMI) invented 4D medical ultrasound imaging at Duke U.

Mark Foster led VMI for a decade to successfully force GE, Siemens, Toshiba, Philips & Samsung to stop infringing and, instead, to legally license VMI’s real-time 3D/4D patents.

Foster’s leadership produced a substantial return in patent license income to VMI employees and investors including Duke Univ.

Jul 2005 - Dec 2015

Natus Medical, Inc.

General Counsel; Secretary; EVP for HR, Regulatory,Quality, Manufacturing; Acting CFO; Chairman Natus UK and Natus Japan.

Nov 2001 - Jul 2005

Natus Medical invented newborn baby hearing screening, now a standard of care globally. I was on Natus' startup team. We took Natus public 2001.

As GC, I handled all domestic and international legal & regulatory matters. I wrote SEC, FDA, & foreign filings. I served as acting CFO for a year.

I managed Corporate Governance & Board issues, working closely with founder William New, MD,PhD.

Nov 2001 - Jul 2005

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