Matt is a partner in the engineering and information communication technology team. Matt specialises in protecting, registering and licensing patents in the computer and information technology fields. 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 throughout New Zealand and offshore.
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 groundbreaking new business intelligence solutions.
In 2017, Matt was included in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 guide as a noteable practitioner and was well regarded for advising key clients in the technology sector, including global technology giants and start-ups on patent protection and exploitation.
Matt has presented at international intellectual property conferences and often presents seminars to clients on patent issues. Matt is a frequent guest lecturer at Massey University and 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.
In 2015, Matt was listed as one of the world's leading patent professionals in the
IAM Patent 1000 index, based on peer and client reviews, and is quoted as being known for his 'rigorous drafting' and for his 'cutting-edge expertise in cyber-physical systems and cloud computing.'
In 2013, Matt was selected by peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of Best Lawyers in New Zealand, in the practice areas of information technology and intellectual property.