Senior investigative patent attorney from US ITC joins Allen & Overy’s IP practice

Allen & Overy has announced that Matthew Bathon, an intellectual property (IP) lawyer specialising in litigating section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), has joined the firm’s global intellectual property practice as senior counsel in the Washington DC office.

He joins Allen & Overy from the ITC, where he served as a senior investigative attorney in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations, where he represented the federal government in investigations regarding electrical, computer and mechanical patents in various technologies, including video-game systems, digital televisions, Blu-ray video, digital image capture and transmission, semiconductor lasers and laser drivers and graphics processing.

During his tenure at the ITC, Bathon served as lead government counsel in three trials and numerous claim construction hearings.

Prior to his work with the ITC, Bathon practised as a patent litigator, where he was involved in cases involving a wide range of technologies including computer architecture, computer graphics, communications protocols, telecommunications technology, software design and digital video compression before various district courts and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Bathon is also experienced in evaluating and providing opinions on patent issues such as infringement, validity and enforceability. A registered patent attorney, he has assisted clients with applying for and obtaining patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared petitions for patent re-examination.