Matthew T. Powell’s practice focuses on all phases of patent counseling, including patentability opinions, drafting patent applications, and patent prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Using his physics education, diverse technical experience, and experience as a patent examiner, he is able to effectively negotiate the variety of challenges and issues that clients often encounter before the USPTO. During his time with Bookoff McAndrews, Matt has assisted large and small clients obtain patent protection in a wide variety of technology areas, including medical treatment and diagnostic devices, electronic storage devices, three-dimensional printing, and heavy machinery/construction equipment.
Prior to joining Bookoff McAndrews, Matt served as a patent examiner for four years at the USPTO where he reviewed timekeeping device applications. He was exposed to subject matter that ranged from fully mechanical watches and alarm clocks with new configurations and materials to high-precision Olympic timing systems, electronic time synchronization methods, GPS location updating devices, and wrist-worn activity tracking monitors. At the USPTO, he gained valuable prosecution knowledge and mentored other examiners. He also assisted in the transition from the United States Patent Classification system to the Cooperative Patent Classification system as part of the America Invents Act. Furthermore, Matt detailed as a law clerk with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), reviewing ex parte appeals and assisting judges draft decisions concerning electrical, mechanical, and chemical applications.
Before his time at the patent office, Matt clerked for Judge Michele D. Hotten on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (now on the Court of Appeals), reviewing complex trial records and appellate briefs, researching statutory and case law, and drafting appellate opinions. Matt graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, magna cum laude and as a member of the Heuisler Honor Society, having served as the Articles Editor for the University of Baltimore Law Forum and as a teaching assistant for legal writing classes. During college, Matt was a member of the University of Maryland Men’s Crew team, and he is an active member and vice president of the team’s alumni association.
- Clerked at the PTAB.
- During law school, worked with a supervising attorney to secure the release of an inmate via an order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under the All Writs Act.
- Interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and constructed superfluid liquid helium pumps that utilized a “fountain effect” to pump the liquid helium to cool a high altitude balloon antenna that measured the frequency spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
- University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., Physics, 2008
- Author. “International Design Patent Applications – Another Tool in the Toolbox,” BoMc Blog, February 26, 2019.
- Author. “Pre-Alice Patents and Attorney Fees – Inventor Holdings, LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond,” BoMc Blog, January 9, 2018.
- Author. “A Watershed Moment? – Aqua Prods., Inc. v. Matal,” BoMc Blog, October 16, 2017.
- Author. “The STRONGER Patents Act Aims to Strengthen Protections for Patent Owners,” BoMc Blog, July 27, 2017.
- Author. “Obviousness Determinations and ‘Common Sense’,” BoMc Blog, April 26, 2017.
- Author. “Interpretation and Infringement of Means-Plus-Function Claims in Core Wireless v. Apple,” BoMc Blog, April 20, 2017.
- Author. “Claim Interpretation in Inter Partes Review Proceedings,” BoMc Blog, July 21, 2016.
- Author. “The Anacostia River: Urbanization, Pollution, EPA Failures, and the Collapse of the Public Trust Doctrine”, 41 U. Balt. L.F. 68, 2010.
- American Bar Association (ABA), Member
- Maryland State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, Member