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Matthew K. Wernli

Principal

Austin, TX
512-226-8131
wernli@fr.com
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Background

Matthew K. Wernli is a Principal with the Austin office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes all aspects of intellectual property including patent prosecution particularly in the areas of mechanical, electrical and electro-mechanical devices and software, including oilfield production and drilling equipment, green technology such as carbon dioxide capture and injection systems, hydrocarbon testing technology, nuclear reactor systems, consumer products, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, engines and related control systems, and software.  He was previously a Summer Associate with the firm (2005). He was also a judicial intern from January to May of 2006 for the Honorable E. Lee Yeakel, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Prior to law school, Matt was a Sales Engineer for York International Corp. (1998-2003), and twice was awarded the York International Gold Eagle Award signifying the Top 10 Salesmen in the United States.

Matt also helps veterans, pro bono, to pursue patent protection for their inventions through the Workshops for Warriors, a 501(c)(3) organization based in San Diego, California that provides “quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.” (www.workshopsforwarriors.org/). Matt also is active in providing pro bono wills and other advanced directive legal documents through Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income people through attorney volunteers in Travis County, Texas. (www.vlsoct.org).

Education

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law 2006
with honors


B.S., University of Texas at Austin 1998
Mechanical Engineering

Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2008
  • Texas 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

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