Matthew's practice focuses on intellectual property law with a concentration in trademark and copyright counseling. Clients benefit from his experience with both start-ups and multinational brands for clearance of proposed marks, obtaining approvals for applications to register marks and issued registrations with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as brand protection and enforcement at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and in foreign opposition proceedings.
Matthew has spoken on a wide range trademark and copyright topics, including enforcement strategies with social media and ecommerce sites, trademark and design protections for fashion, personal names as trademarks, television plotlines featuring trademark and copyright law issues, "copyright troll" litigation, and comparative trademark use requirements outside the United States.
Matthew is actively involved with the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, where he currently serves on both the Editorial Board for Landslide magazine and the Content Advisory Board. He also serves as liaison to the National LGBT Bar Association and the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Matthew has previously served as a Young Lawyer Fellow and chair of the Young Lawyer Action Group, as well as on the Trademark Legislation Committee, and CLE Board.
Matthew is also currently a member of the International Trademark Association's Publications Committee. Matthew has previously served as a member of the U.S. Legislation Subcommittee.
Principal areas of focus include:
Corporate | Intellectual Property Litigation | Patent Counseling & Prosecution | Privacy & Cybersecurity | Seed Stage Investing & Startups | Technology & Media Transactions | The Tech Group | Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement | Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets | Venture Capital & Tech M&A
Developed trademark registration filing strategy and program in the U.S. and overseas for pharmaceutical company's expansion with key branded products.
Initiated anti-piracy program for inspection of potential grey market fragrance products for fashion brand.
Managed U.S. and international trademark portfolio for corporation's specialty lubricant division, including correcting chain of title records in international trademark offices.
Negotiated favorable settlements in trademark registration opposition proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office for businesses in a wide variety of industries, including consumer goods and environmental engineering.
Represented national nail salon franchisor for trademark enforcement in New Jersey against unauthorized salons.
This is the first in a regular series that the Intellectual Property Group at Lowenstein Sandler will produce relating to common IP mistakes early-stage companies make when building a business.
The work and planning necessary to successfully launch a new company and product are prodigious. Yet with all the financial plans, marketing strategies, and product development that are used, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors often skip what is one of the most important steps: protecting the company’s valued assets through the proper application of intellectual property.
In our Tech Group at Lowenstein Sandler, we sit at the intersection of, on the one hand, venture and private equity investments and large and small M&A deals, and, on the other hand, the intellectual property issues facing early-stage and growth companies. It is there that we see the traps for the unwary in new company and product launches. It is often the intellectual property issues that slow down the deals, because the proper steps were not considered and/or implemented early in the project life cycle.
In this series, we present a list of mistakes that we see every day, and some proposed solutions. It is by no means exhaustive, but it is a starting point to raise some issues you may not have considered. We start with trademarks, but intend to address patents, trade secrets, copyrights, data, and open source issues in the future.
Too often, companies are started or new products are launched without proper clearing of the name for use and registration as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This step isn’t a requirement, but it is a wise investment in order to avoid the potential need to change names later. Three common missteps, as well as solutions to avoid these missteps, are below.
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