Matthew J. Swietlik

Special Counsel


Matthew J. Swietlik is a special counsel and registered patent attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Swietlik provides counseling relating to a wide variety of intellectual property issues, particularly those involving patent procurement and counseling, patent infringement and validity analyses, and intellectual property due diligence. He counsels clients in a variety of technical disciplines, including wireless communications, medical devices, financial services, and other consumer and industrial products and services. Mr. Swietlik is a member of the firm’s Mechanical & Electromechanical Technologies Practice and Medical Devices Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Swietlik was a manufacturing engineer and project manager for an avionics equipment manufacturing company in Wisconsin.


Mr. Swietlik received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Marquette University Law School in 2005. During law school, he was an editor for the Marquette Law Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993.


Mr. Swietlik is admitted to practice in the state of Wisconsin and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Mr. Swietlik is co-author of the "Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to Copyright Protection for Orphan Works," which was published in the World Copyright Law Report on March 1, 2007.

Representative Matters

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Developed and managed a comprehensive IP portfolio for an international coffee and tea company.
Mined an electronic company's patent portfolio over a period of several years to pull out new features to claims directed to current electronics products. When the client was bought by a larger electronics company, the patent portfolio was publicly cited as an important part of the value of the company.
Handled counseling, prior art searching, and reexamination request preparation for several patents held by Helferich Patent Licensing. The client, an electronics company, used the reexamination requests to negotiate a settlement.