Matt’s practice involves many aspects of intellectual property law, with an emphasis on complex patent and copyright infringement litigation and cases involving misappropriation of client confidential and trade secret software, technical and business information. He has represented clients in litigation involving a wide range of sophisticated technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, telecommunications, navigation, computer software, radio-frequency identification technology and computer-implemented healthcare solutions. Matt’s experience includes all aspects of trial from managing fact and expert discovery to preparing and responding to dispositive motions and questioning and defending witnesses at trial.

Before practicing law, Matt spent five years working as a software engineer in the NASA Space Shuttle program at Johnson Space Center in Clear Lake, Texas. His primary experience involved the design, development and testing of software for the Shuttle’s avionics, guidance, navigation and flight control systems. Matt was the lead requirements analyst for the GPS navigation subsystem and also served in the Mission Evaluation Room during shuttle flight operations.  His work experience gives him unique insights into the technical and business aspects of software development, testing, and verification processes.

While working for the manned space flight program, Matt also earned his master’s degree in business administration with a focus on the management of technology. His MBA specialty provides Matt with particularized insight into the principles, methods and business aspects of bringing new products to market. Matt’s business training gives him a combination of technical experience and an understanding of business needs that provides unique benefits to his clients.

Representative Matters

Patent Litigation

Matt’s work focuses on the prosecution, validity and infringement of patents. He has focused especially on patent infringement, although he has litigated false marking issues as well; in one case, he defended client Garmin against false marking allegations (GHJ v. Garmin, E.D. Tex.). He has served as counsel in litigation involving a number of technologies, including:

  • medical document generation, as counsel to Cerner (RLIS, Inc. v. Cerner, S.D. Tex.);
  • athletic shoe heels, as counsel to Nike in litigation involving 18 asserted patents (Akeva LLC v. Nike, Inc., M.D.N.C.);
  • RFID use in automobiles, as counsel to Ford, Mazda and Saab (Rydex v. Ford, S.D. Tex.);
  • mobile website navigation, as counsel to Ford (EMG v. Ford, E.D. Tex.);
  • telecommunications, as counsel to Sprint (Sprint v. Comcast, D. Kan., D. Del. and E.D. Penn.); and
  • medical monitoring and alerting, as counsel for Cerner (Medical Monitoring & Paging v. Cerner, S.D. Tex).

Trade Secret Litigation

Matt also has experience litigating trade secret, unfair competition and breach of contract actions for his clients. His work includes serving as counsel to a major oilfield-services company in litigation filed against two former employees over technologies utilized in hydraulic fracturing operations.

Copyright Litigation

Matt has also assisted his clients in copyright disputes. His work includes serving as counsel to New Light Church in copyright infringement litigation filed by a Grammy-nominated R&B artist (Price v. New Light Church, S.D. Tex.).

Publications

Matthew C. Broaddus, Designers Should Strive to Create “Useless” Products: Using the “Useful Article” Doctrine to Avoid Separability Analysis, 51 S. Tex. L. Rev. 493 (2009).