Rick Matthews concentrates his practice on intellectual property matters including patent, trademark, copyright, trade-secret, licensing and related litigation. He has represented companies in intellectual property disputes in over forty states, including as a first-chair trial attorney and in bet-the-company litigation. He has extensive experience in handling every aspect of litigation through trial and appeal. His cases have spanned federal courts across the country and before the ITC, TTAB, Federal Circuit, and Supreme Court.

Rick Matthews concentrates his practice on intellectual property matters including patent, trademark, copyright, trade-secret, licensing and related litigation. He has represented companies in intellectual property disputes in over forty states, including as a first-chair trial attorney and in bet-the-company litigation. He has extensive experience in handling every aspect of litigation through trial and appeal. His cases have spanned federal courts across the country and before the ITC, TTAB, Federal Circuit, and Supreme Court.

While Rick has been practicing patent law since 2003, he is also a Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law. Rick has been named among North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” for Intellectual Property law by Business North Carolina magazine (2014-present), and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trademark Law (2017-present). He has also been named a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Law by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine (2011-2016) and named among the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 in Intellectual Property for North Carolina by the American Society of Legal Advocates.

Rick is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rick received a B.S. in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a J.D. from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, and a Masters of Law degree in Intellectual Property Law from The George Washington University Law School. He clerked in the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigation, focusing on Section 337 patent cases. In addition, he interned at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for the Honorable Judge Susan G. Braden.