Matt Modderman's practice concentrates on intellectual property litigation. Matt represents clients in a variety of patent infringement matters, including actions in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). In addition, he represents clients in trade secret litigation in state and federal courts under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) and the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). Matt's litigation experience spans a variety of technologies across multiple industries ranging from vehicle suspension systems to medical devices and inventory management software.
Matt has experience with every stage of litigation, including pre-lawsuit investigations, initial pleadings, fact and expert discovery, depositions, claim construction, motion practice, trial, and post-trial briefing.
Before attending law school, Matt worked in manufacturing engineering at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He later worked as a patent agent for a boutique patent prosecution firm, prosecuting patents in diverse fields of technology at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and other patent offices around the world. After law school, Matt served as a law clerk for Judge Ryan Holte at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, where he worked on civil cases against the United States government involving patent infringement, Fifth Amendment takings, bid protests, complex tax, and government contracts. As a law clerk, Matt assisted in preparing for, and attended, numerous oral hearings on patent infringement disputes, including multiple claim construction and summary judgment hearings.
Matt maintains an active pro bono practice, representing tenants in local housing court and pursuing constitutional issues in federal district and circuit courts.
- November 2020
The ITC Finds Ecommerce IP Infringement is Ripe for General Exclusion Orders, 44 337 Reporter (Paul J. Luckern Summer Assoc. Edition) 25 (2020).
- The University of Akron (J.D. summa cum laude 2021; Certificate in Intellectual Property Law & Technology 2021; Managing Editor, Akron Law Review, Intellectual Property Issue; Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; Moot Court Honor Society; B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 2018)
- Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Law Clerk to Judge Ryan T. Holte, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2021-2022)