Matthew D. Zapadka


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Matthew Zapadka 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), along with filing and arguing appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Though he focuses on patent litigation, Matthew also has experience litigating commercial disputes. Matthew has worked with companies across a variety of sectors, including but not limited to: genetic technologies; biomolecular engineering, such as therapeutic and diagnostic molecules; prosthetics; nutritional supplements; nuclear reactors; ultracapacitors; and genetic data visualization systems.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Matthew was an associate at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. and Squire Patton Boggs, LLP on their IP teams where he advised on U.S. and international patent prosecution and litigation matters. In addition, Matthew served as a patent examiner with the USPTO examining applications related to photoelectric and thermoelectric devices, which includes semiconductor, photovoltaic, and integrated circuit technologies. Matthew 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.


Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Intellectual Property Association

Intellectual Property Owners Association

Federal Circuit Bar Association