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 clients’ intellectual property and defends his clients wrongly accused of infringement. His hearing and trial experience is extensive. Whether exploring complex technical issues regarding a biologic drug, or digging into the finer points of patent law, he excels at keeping his opponents on their toes. Intellectual Asset Management 1000 remarked that Matthew is “a skilled technical lawyer and brief writer who can handle large and nuanced cases.” He has litigated patent matters in many of the top patent venues throughout the United States, including the District Courts of of California, Texas, Delaware, and New Jersey, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission.

Life sciences clients often rely on Matthew’s extensive technical experience and his ability to grasp complex and cutting-edge issues quickly. His work in this area includes proceedings involving monoclonal antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, small molecule inhibitors, vaccines, nutritional supplements, bioimplants, 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 and Hatch-Waxman Act matters.

Matthew is a registered patent attorney, and his considerable experience includes practicing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, especially in inter partes and post-grant review proceedings. 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. In addition to life sciences matters, Matthew 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. He clerked for Chief Judge James Ware (ret.) of the Northern District of California from 2007 to 2008. Before law school, Matthew received a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology.

Having grown up in Alaska, Matthew has great appreciation for the outdoors. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and trail running.

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