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 trolls.

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, which is available on the App Store.

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


Posts by Matt Levy

A New Troll Feeds on Patent Trolls

This has to be one of my favorite stories this year: it seems that patent trolls are the victims of extortion by a new breed of troll (registration required). Here’s the scenario: a patent troll files a suit (or suits) and wins a big judgment. Another company then files an petition with the against the…

More Troubles for Intellectual Ventures as Detkin Leaves

Here’s some schadenfreude for your Monday: seems that Peter Detkin is leaving Intellectual Ventures. As I noted about a year ago, IV has been having a tough time, although it’s not clear why Detkin is stepping down. Now I can’t vouch for the following video’s authenticity, but I have heard that this is actual footage…

FTC Commissioner Brill Says, Don’t Wait to Do Patent Reform

Today, CCIA and AAI co-sponsored a great event at the National Press Club, “Scrutinizing Patent Trolls: What Competition Enforcers Are Doing.” If you missed it, you can watch the webcast. FTC Commissioner Julie Brill gave a terrific keynote address, highlighting the fact that the FTC was founded 100 years ago and giving a fascinating history…

Michelle Lee’s Nomination Hearing Goes Smoothly

USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee

There were no big surprises in today’s hearing on Michelle Lee’s nomination as head of the USPTO. The Committee went fairly easy on her with their questions, with the possible exception of Senator Durbin, who admits that he knows nothing about patents or patent law, but seems convinced by his Illinois constituents that there is…

Yes, There Is (Still) A Patent Troll Problem

Patent litigation cases filed trends

It’s been reported in a few places that a recent Lex Machina report states that patent litigation is down 40% from last year. Of course, the patent trolls are trying to use these inaccurate reports to argue that the patent troll problem is essentially solved. Actually, the report says that the month of September in…

Michelle Lee Is a Good Choice to Head the PTO

USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee

The White House announced yesterday that it’s nominating current Deputy Director Michelle Lee to be Director of the . By all accounts, she’s done a good job during a difficult time at the USPTO. This is definitely a smart move by the Administration. We’ll have more to say on this later.