Matt Levy

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Matt Levy is Patent Counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association, where he handles legal, policy advocacy, and regulatory matters related to patents and is lead blogger for CCIA’s Patent Progress.

Matt joined the CCIA in 2013 from the IP boutique Cloudigy Law, PLLC. He has also been an associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP and at Hogan & Hartson LLP. He got first-hand experience in both patent prosecution and patent litigation, including defending clients against patent assertion entities.

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 received a Bachelor’s degree 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 and maintained Lotus Sametime, IBM’s real-time messaging and conferencing product. He is co-inventor on U.S. Patent No. 8,521,830.

Matt is still a software developer in his spare time. He developed an app for the iPad, Federal Local Rules.

Matt is also guitarist; his band, the Rill Street Blues Band, performs around central and northern Virginia.


Posts by Matt Levy

Myths and the STRONG Act

We’re hearing a lot of claims about the STRONG Act as an “alternative” to patent litigation reform. The campaign supporting the bill has been misleading at best. There are two pervasive myths that the STRONG Act’s supporters keep repeating that I want to address in this post. Myth 1: Inter partes reviews are unfair to patent…

A Quick Update on Commil v. Cisco

Oral argument in Commil v. Cisco was held this morning. You can get the transcript here, and read all of the briefs here. I’m speaking on a panel about the case this afternoon at American University. Here’s a quick summary: Commil is a patent troll that sued Cisco for inducing infringement of its patent that…

A Critique of Haber’s Study Claiming That PAEs Are Beneficial

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Professor Stephen Haber of Stanford recently came out with a paper that, according to him, “suggests in new research that concerns about too much litigation involving patents is misguided.” We believe that the results of our experiment may have two important implications for understanding whether PAEs help or hinder the rate of innovation. First, PAEs…

The Debate Should Be Over: Patent Litigation Is Back Up

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It looks like that dip in patent litigation last year is over: patent lawsuit filings are up, and they’re actually higher than the same periods last year. According to Lex Machina’s data, in January this year, there were 442 patent cases filed compared with 334 cases in January 2014. That’s a 32% increase. In February…

Updated State Patent Legislation Guide

Patent Progress’s Guide to State Patent Legislation is regularly updated at least once a week, so please check it regularly. (We’re working on adding a notification system you can subscribe to.) We have also added a new feature: you can embed the interactive map on your web page! If you go to the Guide, you’ll…