Matthew D. Witsman

Associate

Overview

Matthew D. Witsman is an associate and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Chicago office, where he is a member of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Counseling Practice. Matt’s practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law including trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement and portfolio management as well as both domestic and global trademark clearance. Matt regularly represents clients in adversary proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution (“UDRP”) proceedings and has litigation experience through his work in trademark disputes in federal district courts across the U.S. Matt also advises clients on technology and IP licensing agreements, implementing promotional sweepstakes and contests campaigns, and compliance with National Advertising Division (“NAD”) guidelines and assisting in NAD proceedings.

Before joining Foley, Matt worked as a trademark associate at a law firm in Chicago that focused in trademark law. He represented companies in trademark, trade dress, domain name, and copyright matters across a wide range of industries including the global financial services, travel, technology, golf and medical industries. Matt was also the lead associate in a trademark infringement and unfair competition federal court dispute that resulted in a +$15M judgment in his client’s favor.

Education

Matt earned a law degree from Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 2017), where he served as the managing senior articles editor of Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law. While at Notre Dame, Matt assisted entrepreneurs and small businesses with intellectual property matters through Notre Dame’s Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic, and he participated in Notre Dame’s Summer Intellectual Property Programme in London. Additionally, Matt served as a legal intern in the Department of Athletics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. While there, Matt generated strategies to foster the growth of the University’s brand identity worldwide. Matt graduated from the University of Dayton (B.A., magna cum laude, 2014) with a major in Psychology and a minor in English.

Affiliations

  • Member, Illinois Bar Association
  • Member, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Member, International Trademark Association
  • Member, Building Bridges Committee, International Trademark Association
  • Volunteer, International Trademark Association – Pro Bono Clearinghouse
  • Member, Leadership Council, Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois