Matt Levy is a copyright enthusiast and former software developer. Matt’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and client counseling involving patent and copyright issues, and he has litigated cases in federal district courts around the country and in the U.S. International Trade Commission. Matt also serves as patent counsel to the Computer & Communications Industry Association, an international association that acts as a leading policy voice for the technology industry.
Matt’s litigation experiences include electronics technologies ranging from e-commerce to power electronics for wind turbines. This includes an image compression patent lawsuit between Philips and Kodak, an Internet patent suit that was successfully settled in favor of FedEx, and a cell phone patent case in which he represented Philips & Sharp against Motorola. Matt also has experience in patent prosecution, including reexaminations. On the Patent Progress website, Matt blogs about the misalignments and asymmetries in the patent system and legislative reformation options that may promote innovation, instead of conflict and litigation.
Matt has coded and developed software products using a variety of computer programming languages, networking protocols, and database architectures. Before enrolling in law school, Matt worked in the software industry, including several years at IBM as part of the team that developed Lotus Sametime®. He has worked on projects as diverse as a checkers-playing robot, a web-based moderated chat application, an IBM AS/400-based accounting system, and a content management system.
Thanks to Matt’s dual software and law backgrounds, he is intimately familiar with industry practices and the laws governing them, which helps him communicate effectively with business people, technical personnel, and experts as they collaborate on cases and projects.
Matt’s software background gets deeper, by the way. He taught college-level courses in algorithm design and basic programming, and specialized classes in programming languages such as Perl and C. During graduate school, he researched computational complexity theory and non-monotonic reasoning in artificial intelligence. One of his many independent research projects focused on programming language design and implementation.
When Matt escapes the office, he moonlights as a blues and jazz guitarist, although he no longer plays professionally. Matt also still dabbles in programming; he’s currently working on a client for the Spotify® music streaming service and learning how to program for the iOS platform.
- Software and Internet law
- Civil litigation
- Big Baboon, Inc. v. FedEx Corp. et al. —defended FedEx against two patents relating to e-commerce in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Obtained a stipulated dismissal after persuading Big Baboon that its claims against FedEx were baseless.
- Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV & Sharp Corp. v. Motorola —represented Philips and Sharp in an offensive patent suit against Motorola relating to 3G technology in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Reexamination—represented patent owner Philips in reexamination proceedings filed on its’ patent that covers the JPEG image coding standard. All the examined claims were confirmed and issued from the patent office.
- Patent Prosecution —drafted and prosecuted patent applications in subject areas such as network architecture, databases, business methods, electronic communications, parallel processing, and e-commerce.
- Guest lecturer in international Intellectual Property law to Washington Semester in International Law and Organizations (2007-present).
- Second chair of patent litigation relating to Internet technology in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
- Second chair of patent litigation relating to 3G technology in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
- Guest lecturer in international Intellectual Property law to Washington Semester in International Law and Organizations since 2007.
- Received the 2006 ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property Law for Georgetown University Law Center.
Recent Speaking Engagements
- DC Week, Enter the Copyright Troll, Washington, DC (Nov. 7, 2011)
- American University Washington Semester in International Law and Organizations, International Intellectual Property Law , Washington, DC (Feb. 21, 2012)
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- Contributor, Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2010)
- Coauthor, Same Sex Marriage and Domestic Partner Benefits, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Papers (2005)
- Coauthor, L-Printable Sets, 28 SIAM J. Comput. 137 (1998)
- A Survey of Limited Nondeterminism in Computational Complexity Theory, University of Kentucky Masters Theses, Paper 221 (2003)
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., Magna Cum Laude (Order of the Coif)
- University of Kentucky, M.S., Computer Science (recipient of Presidential Fellowship)
- University of Southern Maine, B.S., Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude