Matthew Avery

Matthew Avery works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution and counseling. Mr. Avery has experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of technologies, including the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, chemical, clean tech and software arts. He also has experience analyzing FDA regulatory matters, particularly dealing with the Hatch-Waxman Act, ANDA litigation and the regulation of generic drugs, and he regularly guest lectures on these topics at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Mr. Avery received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the U.C. Hastings in May 2009, where he graduated second in his class. While at Hastings, he served as a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, Moot Court, and Food & Drug Law. He also worked as a Production Editor on the Hastings Law Journal. During law school, Mr. Avery served as a judicial extern for Justice Ming Chin of the Supreme Court of California, where he worked on a variety of criminal and civil matters.

Mr. Avery has received several awards recognizing his outstanding contributions to the academic literature, including the American Society for Pharmacy Law’s 2011 Larry M. Simonsmeier Writing Award, the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2009 Past President’s Award and U.C. Hastings’ 2009 Albert G. Evans Scholarship in Private Enterprise. He was also a finalist in the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s 2008 Watson Writing Competition.

Mr. Avery received his master’s degree in chemical engineering (focused in biochemical engineering) from Stanford University and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and material science & engineering from U.C. Berkeley. Prior to law school, he spent four years working as a process engineer in Bayer Healthcare’s biotechnology division in Berkeley, California. He is also a Licensed Professional Engineer (chemical) in California.


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law

M.S., Stanford University

B.S., University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Specialization

Patent prosecution, patent litigation and patent licensing

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