Stoel Rives LLP
Matt Bethards is a partner of Stoel Rives and immediate past chair of the firm-wide Technology & Intellectual Property practice group. His practice focuses on patent-related matters for medical device, life science and chemical technology companies. Clients have come to rely on Matt to help them align their patent strategy with their business objectives through strategic intellectual property counseling and U.S. and foreign patent procurement and portfolio management.
Matt is regularly involved in helping clients assess infringement risk through the IP due diligence process, product clearance analysis, and providing opinions regarding infringement and validity. He has experience with IPR and reexamination proceedings and their strategic use to provide product clearance and to avoid and defeat infringement claims. Matt has also developed the strategies for numerous opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and in other opposition proceedings worldwide.
Matt’s work has been the basis for protecting critical technologies that generate hundreds of millions of dollars to over a billion dollars in annual sales revenue. His patents have been central to and scrutinized in major (billion-dollar) transactions.