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Senior investigative patent attorney from the United States International Trade Commission joins Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. office

15 July 2014

Allen & Overy announced today that Matthew Bathon has joined the firm's global intellectual property practice as a Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office.

Matthew is an intellectual property lawyer specializing in litigating Section 337 investigations before the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”).

He joins Allen & Overy from the ITC, where he served as a senior investigative attorney in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, where he represented the federal government in investigations regarding electrical, computer, and mechanical patents in various technologies, including video game systems, digital televisions, Blu-ray video, digital image capture and transmission, semiconductor lasers and laser drivers, and graphics processing. During his tenure at the ITC, Matthew served as lead government counsel in three trials and numerous claim construction hearings.

Prior to his work with the ITC, Matthew practiced as a patent litigator, where he was involved in cases involving a wide range of technologies including computer architecture, computer graphics, communications protocols, telecommunications technology, software design, and digital video compression before various district courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Matthew is also experienced in evaluating and providing opinions on patent issues such as infringement, validity, and enforceability. A registered patent attorney, Matthew has assisted clients with applying for and obtaining patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared petitions for patent reexamination.

Steve Adkins, who leads Allen & Overy’s Section 337 litigation practice, said “After working with Matt on an ITC investigation, where he was the ITC Staff Attorney, I was favorably impressed with his technical knowledge, his ability to grasp technical issues quickly and to explain such concepts to non-technical people.” Paul Keller, the head of Allen & Overy’s U.S. IP practice, also commented: “Matt’s experience in litigation patent cases in District Court and ITC, especially his service as an ITC Investigative Staff Attorney, make Matt a great addition to our growing IP team. We are very pleased to have him join us.”

Matthew received his J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School and his Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Evansville. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Texas.