Matthew A. Chivvis

Partner | San Francisco | (415) 268-7307
(415) 268-7307

The ability to immerse yourself in the science of your clients’ innovations is non-negotiable.

Matthew protects his life sciences and high-tech clients’ intellectual property and defends his clients wrongly accused of infringement. His hearing and trial experience is extensive. Although his practice focuses on intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, he also regularly advises clients on plant and agriculture intellectual property matters, including strategic use of plant patents, plant-variety protection certificates, and trademark rights. Matthew also has represented life sciences clients in drug-pricing and False Claims Act cases and pro bono clients in civil rights cases.

Matthew has litigated patent matters in many of the top patent venues throughout the U.S., including the Northern and Central Districts of California, Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, District of New Jersey, Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. He routinely argues motions and examines fact and expert witnesses, and has given closing arguments in federal court. Matthew has also litigated a number of state court matters, and is familiar with California’s complex case litigation procedures. His considerable experience includes practicing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, especially in patent reexamination and inter partes review proceedings. Matthew has been named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers each year from 2014 through 2019. 

Life sciences clients often rely on Matthew’s deep technical experience and his ability to grasp complex and cutting-edge issues quickly. His work in this area has included litigation, pre-litigation, and inter partes review proceedings involving monoclonal antibodies, immunoconjugates, vaccines, nutritional supplements, bioabsorbable implants, drug-eluting stents, blood glucose monitoring devices, plant genetics, and animal husbandry. He knows the ins and outs of the “patent dance” in Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) proceedings, and has advised clients on successful strategies for engaging in multi-phased BPCIA litigation.

Matthew’s practice is not limited to the life sciences. He has litigated cases involving internet firewalls, network security, virtualization, smartphone, interactive television, website, and display technologies.

Matthew graduated from law school magna cum laude and was presented with the Academic Excellence Award for his graduating class. Before law school, Matthew received a degree in molecular biology from the University of Wyoming. While there, he performed research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy in computer science, bioinformatics, and cell metabolism.

Matthew clerked for former Chief Judge James Ware of the Northern District of California from 2007 to 2008.

He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Northern California Rising Star – Super Lawyers 2014 – 2018
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