Matt Phillips represents clients in post-grant proceedings at the USPTO and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is experienced with all aspects of review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), reexaminations, and reissues. He also represents patent applicants in high-stakes matters before the USPTO, particularly for complex electronics and computer inventions.
Mr. Phillips has taught courses on post-grant proceedings for Patent Resources Group since 2009 and co-authors a biannually updated two-volume treatise entitled “Post-Grant Patent Practice” provided in conjunction with the courses. He has co-authored over 40 articles on post-grant patent topics and lectures frequently on post-grant patent topics. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he created and teaches a course on patent prosecution.
Mr. Phillips has over 20 years of experience working with patents in private practice and government service, which includes stints as a patent examiner at the USPTO and a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. His private practice experience includes all aspects of patent practice, including extensive experience in patent disputes in a variety of settings, including district court litigation and Federal Circuit appeals. Mr. Phillips was a partner at a large general-practice law firm before co-founding Renaissance IP Law Group LLP in 2012 and Laurence & Phillips in 2017.
Prior to entering the patent field, Mr. Phillips was a communication systems engineer working on highly advanced spread-spectrum data links for the military in the early 1990s. Mr. Phillips has advanced degrees in electrical engineering with emphasis on communications, signal processing, control systems, and software for the same.
Mr. Phillips applies a multi-faceted perspective gained through his experiences as a Federal Circuit law clerk, patent examiner, and systems engineer to advise and advocate for clients. Based on his experiences as a law clerk and patent examiner, he can look at patent prosecution and litigation issues from the perspective of the decision maker. From the vantage of a systems engineer, Mr. Phillips seeks to fully understand his client’s technology, objectives, opportunities, and risks to deliver effective advice and service.
Mr. Phillips has received consistent recognition from prominent rankings such as Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM). He has held leadership positions in various bar associations, including the Federal Circuit Bar Association, which has twice awarded him its Pro Bono Advocacy Award.