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Background

Matthew C. Berntsen is computer scientist and associate in the firm’s Boston and New York offices. He is an intellectual property litigation generalist, emphasizing complex intellectual property litigation with a particular focus on patent litigation and strategy. He has represented large and small clients before courts and administrative bodies across the country, and has extensive experience in both competitor suits and very large joint defense groups.

Matt cut his teeth representing defendants in the Parallel Networks and GeoTag patent litigations, and has since also represented plaintiffs and competitors in a variety of forums including the Patent Trials and Appeals Board. Matt is the primary author of approximately ten inter partes review petitions, and his recent patent cases relate to website authentication, defibrillators, fire suppression sprinklers, applets, kitchen electronics, payment processing, point of sale systems, and database technologies.

Matt represented Aereo in one of the most actively watched copyright cases of recent memory, and attained admission to the Supreme Court in order to attend oral argument. Matt has also served as the senior associate on multiple cases involving state trade secret and business tort laws, and has presented on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act of 2016. He has also guest lectured in Boston-area law schools on the topic of intellectual property research.

Matt’s current practice focuses on the day-to-day management of complex litigations, often involving multiple parallel actions across multiple fora.

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law 2010
Technical Editor, Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law
cum laude


B.S., Bucknell University 2005
Computer Science, minors in Philosophy and Mathematics
cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts 2011
  • New York 2011
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 2016

Memberships & Affiliations

​American Intellectual Property Law Association; American Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; PTAB Bar Association; Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar

Other Distinctions

Selected Publications & Presentations

Co-presenter, “Comparative Review: US and China’s Trade Secret Laws.” Fish IP Perspectives Webinar (December 14, 2016).

Knowledge and Misfeasance: Tiffany v. eBay and the Knowledge Requirement of Contributory Trademark Infringement, 16 BU J. SCI. & TECH. L. 102 (2010).

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