Matt specialises in protecting, registering and licensing patents in the computer and information technology fields, with an emphasis on telecommunications, computing, networking technology, e-commerce, and business methods. Matt is also a copyright specialist.
Matt is the co-chair of the Wellington engineering and information communication technology team. As part of this role, Matt:
- conducts patent novelty searches and freedom to operate searches and provides design around advice
- advises on novelty
- analyses possible patent infringement and provides risk assessment advice
- drafts patent specifications
- files and prosecutes patent applications in New Zealand and overseas
- conducts patent oppositions in New Zealand and overseas
- works with clients to review development projects and develop intellectual property protection strategies
- drafts and records patent assignments and other technology transfer agreements
- advises on patent restoration
- conducts patent due diligence
- identifies copyright rights, advises on copyright ownership strategies and copyright enforcement
- advises on performers' rights.
Matt advises corporations, start-up ventures and individuals. His clients include Microsoft Corporation, Auckland UniServices, GNS, Victoria Link, Lincoln University, Telecom and Callaghan Innovation. Matt has been involved with a number of high profile cases, including obtaining international patent protection and licensing for medical imaging equipment and software-based diagnostic systems developed in New Zealand. He has also helped a number of large international computer companies to secure significant international patent portfolios and to protect ground breaking new business intelligence solutions.
Matt is co-chair of the International and Foreign Law Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and an elected council member of the New Zealand Institute of Patent Attorneys. Matt has presented at international intellectual property conferences and often presents seminars to clients on patent issues. He is a regular presenter at trade, export and computer conferences. A number of his articles and commentaries on software patents have been published in magazines and newspaper columns.