Matthew J. Dowd

Education

J.D., George Washington Law School, 2008

Ph.D. Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995-1999

B.S. The College of William and Mary, 1993 


Clerkship 

Hon. Paul R. Michel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2008-2009


Bar Admissions

- U.S. Supreme Court

- District of Columbia

- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S,. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 

​​Before founding Dowd PLLC, Matthew Dowd was a law partner at Andrews Kurth and, prior to that, a partner at Wiley Rein.  Mr. Dowd is a skilled appellate and trial litigator who handles a variety of complex litigation, with a focus on patent and intellectual property issues.  Through his years of practice, Mr. Dowd has successfully worked on numerous high-stakes and eclectic legal matters, focusing primarily on all stages of complex patent matters (AIA proceedings, litigation, prosecution, and counseling). 


In 2013, Mr. Dowd represented Nobel Laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, as amicus curiae in the groundbreaking 2013 Supreme Court gene patent case. Mr. Dowd has over 15 years of experience representing clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

He has argued and briefed numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other courts involving issues such as patent law, administrative law, Fifth Amendment takings, contract claims, government employment issues, and criminal law.  He has represented clients in a range of trial forums for patent disputes, such as the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the USPTO.


Education and Prior Experience


Mr. Dowd attended The George Washington University Law School, graduating with high honors and being awarded Order of the Coif.  While attending law school and before, Mr. Dowd worked full-time as a registered patent agent at the renowned IP boutique Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.


After law school, Mr. Dowd clerked for the Honorable Paul R. Michel, Chief Judge (ret.) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. While a law clerk, Mr. Dowd gained an insider's perspective on the appellate process.  Understanding the appellate process is critical to maximizing success at the earlier stages of a case. 


Prior to his legal career, Mr. Dowd spent four years in a Ph.D. program in medical chemistry, which is the study of organic chemistry, pharmacology, and pharmaceutical drug design. During his Ph.D. program, Mr. Dowd co-authored two peer-reviewed articles reporting the results of his scientific research, one of which detailed a novel structure-activity relationship for nicotinic ligands.  Mr. Dowd attended The College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, VA, and Regis High School in New York City.  


Professional Recognition


Mr. Dowd's legal work and writing have been recognized throughout the years.


  • Washington, DC Rising Star in Intellectual Property (2016)
  • Profiled in the 2014 Annual Report of the Paralyzed Veterans of America for his pro bono legal work for military veterans  (See page 42 here)
  • 2011Burton Award Distinguished Legal Writing Winnerfor an article titled "Panacea or Poison Pill: Making Sense of the New Biosimilars Law."
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Leadership Awards (2012, 2011)
  • Marcus B. Finnegan Writing Competition, First Place (2007) for article on the enablement requirement under 35 U.S.C. 112
  • Marcus B. Finnegan Writing Competition, Second Place (2005), for article on obviousness-type double patenting
  • NYIPA Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition, First Place (2006)
  • NYIPA Hon. William C. Conner Writing Competition, Second Place (2007)
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America Annual Writing Competition, First Place (2005), for his article on the fee-limitation for representing veterans, 38 U.S.C. 5904(c) 


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