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Matthew A. Levy

Fairfax, VA, USA

Matt Levy is an independent consultant and freelance writer on patent issues. He was most recently Patent Counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, where he was lead blogger for CCIA’s Patent Progress as well as the leader on patent policy issues for CCIA. He is recognized as an expert on patent reform and has been cited and quoted widely on the issue. Matt has also worked with the US Patent & Trademark Office on several issues, including improving clarity of office actions.

Before CCIA, Matt was in private practice. For most of his private practice career, he was in the electrical group at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP. His practice included patent prosecution, reexamination, and patent litigation in both district court and at the International Trade Commission. After Finnegan, Matt joined Cloudigy Law, a boutique founded by a Finnegan alum.

Matt graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center magna cum laude with the Order of the Coif, winning the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in Intellectual Property. He received a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky, where he won the Presidential Fellowship twice. His research at UK was in computational complexity theory and artificial intelligence. He graduated summa cum laude in Computer Science from the University of Southern Maine.

Before law school, Matt was a software engineer at IBM in Lexington, KY, as part of the team that developed Lotus Sametime, IBM’s real-time messaging and conferencing product. He is co-inventor on two U.S. patents from his work at IBM. 


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