New Ventures and Corporate Transactions Group Co-Chair
Matt Todd serves as the Administrative Partner at Novak Druce and is the Co-Chair of the firm's New Ventures & Corporate Transactions Practice.
Mr. Todd counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright use, registration, enforcement, and licensing. He has managed the trademark portfolios of major U.S. consumer product manufacturers and has extensive experience in domestic and international trademark selection, clearance, use, protection, registration, enforcement, licensing, and merchandising.
Mr. Todd counsels clients regarding branding, marketing, advertising and competition strategy, e-commerce issues including domain disputes, privacy, advertising, and intellectual property concerns.
He structures, drafts and negotiates settlement agreements, license agreements, joint development agreements, technology sharing agreements, and master service agreements.
Mr. Todd is also an experienced litigator in the field of intellectual property involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition, and trade secrets. He has significant experience drafting and reviewing lottery, sweepstakes and promotion rules and guidelines, and approving nationwide sweepstakes and promotions for major U.S. corporations.
Todd works closely with client management to design and implement intellectual property
asset management strategies and processes to capture technology and create value
from intellectual property portfolios. He has also conducted intellectual property
"due diligence" in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Publications and Speeches
Panelist, RSA Conference 2012, "Elephant in the Room: Intellectual Property Hacking," February 2012.
Panel Moderator, BioFlorida 15th Annual Conference, BioBusiness Track, "Technology Transfer: Best Practices & High Impact Trends," October 8, 2012
Co-Author Trial of an Inter Partes Case Before the TTAB, American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law, Practical Tips on Intellectual Property Law, Washington, D.C., April 2005.
Co-Author The Madrid Protocol and Its Effect on International Trademark Litigation, INTA Madrid Protocol Forum 2003, Washington, D.C., Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA, June 2003.
Co-Author Supreme Court Holds That The Federal Trademark Dilution Act Requires Proof of Actual Injury, Intellectual Property Legal Alert, March 2003.
Co-Author President Bush Signs Madrid Protocol Implementation Act Into Law, Trademark Legal Alert, November 2002.
Co-Author Direct Examination: Getting the Information Out of the Witness Stand and Into the Jury Box, 20th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, Dallas, TX, September 3-5, 1997.
Speaker, Presidential Classroom, Law and Justice in a Democracy, January 2004.
Speaker, Institute of Industrial Engineers, San Antonio Chapter, E-Commerce and Web Development, Fall 2000.
Speaker, St. Mary's University School of Law, E-Commerce Law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Summer 2000.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Southern District of Texas
- U.S. Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District of Columbia
- University of Oxford, St. Hugh's College, Said Business School, M.B.A
- St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D.
- University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, B.B.A. Accounting
- Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, Member 2002-2005