CCIA Adds New Patent Counsel

Matt Levy, who you may remember from his guest post on Patent Progress in April, joined CCIA today, and will now be doing a lot of blogging on Patent Progress.  More information about him is below, from CCIA’s Press Release:

 

The Computer & Communications Industry Association has added to its strong intellectual property team by hiring Matthew Levy as Patent Counsel. Levy’s legal background includes working for Hogan & Hartson; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner LLP and most recently for Cloudigy Law, PLLC.  He will handle legal, policy advocacy, and regulatory matters related to patents and be a lead blogger for CCIA’s Patent Progress.

Matt’s background brings unique qualifications. He has filed and prosecuted patents before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and he has first-hand experience in patent litigation, representing companies such as FedEx and Philips Electronics in U.S. District Courts.  A number of those cases involved defending clients against patent trolls.

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 Application 10/745,091, which was recently allowed by the PTO.

“We are excited to bring Matt on board.  His background as a leading legal expert on patent law as well as a software developer brings an important skill set to our team as we continue the push for further reform of our malfunctioning patent system,” said CCIA President & CEO Ed Black.

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.

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.

Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg

Ali Sternburg is Senior Policy Counsel at the Computer & Communications Industry Association. After initially joining as a Legal Fellow in June 2011, she focuses on online copyright issues and other areas of intellectual property policy. She also works on DisCo (the Disruptive Competition Project). She received her J.D. in 2012 from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Student Attorney in the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Senior Symposium Chair and Senior Marketing Manager for the Intellectual Property Brief, and a Dean’s Fellow at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. She graduated from Harvard College in 2009 where she studied Government and Music, wrote her senior honors thesis on “Theoretical and Legal Views on U.S. Government Involvement in Musical Creativity Online,” and interned at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.