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 has also been a professional blues guitarist, and he still plays in local blues jams most weeks.


Posts by Matt Levy

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.

If Everyone’s Doing It, How Can It Be Innovative?

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Dennis Crouch over at Patently-O reports that for Fiscal Year 2014 (which just ended), the granted a record number of utility patents, over 300,000. Dennis determines that this results in an allowance rate of about 70%. Think about that – 70% of patent applications result in a patent. Doesn’t that seem at odds with the…

Patent Quality Matters: Having a Patent Doesn’t Make a Person an Inventor

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One recurring theme coming from the anti-patent reform folks has been the idea that we shouldn’t prevent or limit inventors from getting the rewards they deserve. Take this tweet for example: This is particularly true in the techonology sector. #PatentsMatter #ip #patents #patentreform pic.twitter.com/vcHvBj1yG5 — Save the Inventor (@SavetheInventor) September 2, 2014 It’s tough to…