Matthew D. Zapadka


Direct: 202.677.4930
Fax: 202.677.4931
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 350S
Washington, District of Columbia 20037


Matt is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices and a member of the Emerging Technologies and Life Sciences industry team.

Matt counsels clients on the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property assets, with a focus on patent litigation. In this role, he advises on various intellectual property disputes in federal district court and state court, as well as trials at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Matt also advises clients on patent prosecution matters, assisting companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Matt has experience litigating commercial disputes. Matt has worked with companies across a variety of sectors, including genetic technologies; biomolecular engineering, such as therapeutic and diagnostic molecules; prosthetics; pharmaceuticals; dietary supplements; cannabis/CBD; nuclear reactors; software; ultracapacitors; consumer products; genetic data visualization systems; and blockchain applications.

In addition, Matt served as a patent examiner with the USPTO, examining applications related to photoelectric and thermoelectric devices, which includes semiconductor, photovoltaic, and integrated circuit technologies. Matt was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Susan G. Braden at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims where he worked on a number of issues, including a patent dispute over drone technology. Prior to law school, Matt was an engineer for a manufacturing company.


  • The George Washington University Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering
  • District of Columbia
  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
    • American Intellectual Property Law Association


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Ones To Watch, Intellectual Property Law, 2021-24
  • WIPR Leader, World Intellectual Property Review, 2023
  • “Rising Star,” Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2018-23

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