Wiley Rein LLP

Matthew J. Dowd
Practice Areas
  • J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif
  • B.S., The College of William & Mary
Law Clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2008-2009)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New York Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Matthew J. Dowd


202.719.7343  |  mdowd@wileyrein.com

Matt is a skilled appellate and trial litigator who handles a variety of complex litigation, with a focus on patent and other intellectual property issues. He has argued ten Federal Circuit appeals and briefed numerous others, involving issues such as patent, administrative law, Fifth Amendment takings, copyright, and government labor law. He represented Nobel Laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, as amicus curiae in the groundbreaking 2013 Supreme Court gene patent case. With substantial courtroom experience, Matt is as comfortable arguing an appeal as he is cross-examining an award-winning technical expert. He handles all stages of litigation, from pre-filing investigation through trial and appeal.


  • Successfully argued the first covered business method (CBM) review brought by a major financial institution before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Successfully argued at the Federal Circuit one of the first appeals of a stay of a district court litigation under the America Invents Act.
  • Successfully represented a biotechnology company in a patent interference proceeding concerning cutting-edge adult stem cell technology.
  • Represents clients in and assists with district court litigation, appeals, and amicus briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Successfully briefed and argued an appeal as lead counsel before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit involving constitutional and due process rights of a military veteran employee of the U.S. Postal Service. After the case was remanded, successfully negotiated a settlement with the federal agency to return the employee to work and obtained a six-figure back pay settlement award.
  • Represented respondent in Section 337 investigation concerning multiple patents covering multi-function printer technology. Second chaired pre-hearing conference and participated in hearing concerning complainant's motion to disqualify counsel.
  • Conducted numerous depositions of fact and expert witnesses in patent litigations.
  • As lead counsel, briefed and argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of a U.S. citizen whose laptop was wrongfully detained and damaged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Case involved a takings claim under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and a breach of an implied-in-fact bailment claim.
  • Counseled and represented a Roman Catholic priest who was sued by an atheist group concerning the placement of the World Trade Center Cross in the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Successfully quashed a subpoena for deposition that was improperly served and unduly burdensome.
  • Conducted directed examination of a primary expert witness and cross-examinations of the plaintiff's expert witnesses in a Hatch-Waxman litigation involving a billion-dollar cancer drug.
  • Successfully briefed a motion to an appeals court seeking an emergency stay of an injunction in a Hatch-Waxman Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation.
  • Drafted a Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of six former U.S. Attorneys General in a case challenging constitutionality of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
  • Successfully briefed and argued an appeal before the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) involving the restoration rights of five U.S. Postal Service employees, including one military veteran. This case is one of only three within the past 20 years in which the MSPB heard oral argument. The case was argued in the ceremonial courtroom at the National Courts Building.
  • As lead counsel, briefed and argued an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of a Vietnam era veteran in support of the military veteran's application for monetary benefits based on a service-connected ailment.
  • Retained to argue an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on behalf of a U.S. Postal Service employee who was demoted.
  • Briefed an expedited appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a pharmaceutical Hatch-Waxman litigation.
  • As lead counsel, drafted and filed brief for amicus in petition for rehearing en banc in In re Lovin, 651 F.3d 1349 (Fed. Cir. 2011).
  • Lead appellate counsel for a World War II veteran who is seeking benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for injuries he sustained during combat in France in 1944.
  • Represented a Florida-based patent owner in a patent infringement case against a national hardware retailer and a Chicago-based company that infringed the client's patents. Successfully reached settlement with the national retailer and successfully enforced intellectual property against the Chicago-based company.
  • Drafted response brief for appellee in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit appeal involving patent directed to folding chair devices. Case successfully settled prior to oral argument.
  • Counseled Washington DC-based non-profit group Capital Pride on a trademark matter concerning annual talent competition.


  • Over nine years of experience as a registered patent agent


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Co-Chair, PTAB Subcommittee, Intellectual Property Litigation Section, Patent Litigation Committee
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA)
    • Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Profiled in Paralyzed Veterans of America Annual Report for excellence in legal writing and veterans law (2014)
  • Received 2011 Burton Legal Writing Award
  • Numerous writing awards for intellectual property and veterans law, including the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Writing Competition, the Finnegan Prize and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Writing Competition
  • Received the Pro Bono Committee Individual Leadership and Committee Leadership Awards from the Federal Circuit Bar Association (2011 and 2012)








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