Matt Martin is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he counsels clients on IP issues with a focus on strategic patent procurement and intellectual property portfolio management, particularly in the manufacturing and consumer products industries. He has experience in a range of technical areas, especially as relates to consumer goods and fabrication. In particular, Mr. Martin has handled intellectual property matters relating to mechanical and electro-mechanical plumbing fixtures, house wares, medical devices, food products, financial products, optics and lighting, coating compositions, micro fabrication, radiation detection, computer memory, and semiconductors. Mr. Martin is the vice chair of the firm's Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice, as well as a member of the firm's IP Litigation Practice and Energy Industry Team.
Mr. Martin counsels clients on strategic patent procurement, both domestic and foreign, with a focus on matching a patent strategy to the client’s business goals. His experience in patent procurement includes:
Mr. Martin also advises clients on general intellectual property issues, including in-bound and out-bound management of patent portfolios. Mr. Martin’s experience in portfolio management includes:
Patent Risk Management
In addition, patent risk management is also a significant portion of Mr. Martin’s work. He works with clients to manage risks posed by third party patent rights, including through the use of freedom-to-operate analysis, third party preissuance submissions, post-grant proceedings, opinions, and licensing.
Mr. Martin has also worked on numerous transactional projects for clients, ranging from initial public offerings to acquisitions of privately held companies. A representative sample of Mr. Martin’s work includes:
In 2012 - 2016, Mr. Martin was named to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers – Rising Stars®. The Rising Stars® list represents the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 years old in Illinois based upon a survey of Mr. Martin’s peers.*
Mr. Martin received his J.D., magna cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School, where he attended as a Distinguished Scholar, was a member of Law Review, and was editor-in-chief of the Review of Intellectual Property Law. He earned a B.S. from Purdue University.
Previously, Mr. Martin worked as a law clerk at an international automotive company. In addition, Mr. Martin served as a judicial extern to Hon. Robert Gettleman of the Northern District of Illinois.
Mr. Martin is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.