Matthew J. Gipson

Partner

ABOUT MATTHEW

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Tania Rentz

Matt Gipson is a partner of the firm. His practice focus is in the procurement, licensing and enforcement of patents for chemical, bio-tech and mechanical inventions; patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright litigation; and registration and TTAB proceedings concerning trademarks.

Mr. Gipson has worked on many patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret misappropriation suits. This includes cases in many district courts, as well as the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the International Trade Commission. He has also handled many post-grant patent proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, including inter partes review, ex parte reexam, etc. Mr. Gipson is also a Certified Mediator and is listed on the Western District of Michigan list of Court Certified Voluntary Mediators.

EDUCATION

­University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1999
University of Michigan, B.S., Biology, 1996

PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation
Patents
Trademarks
Trade Dress and Unfair Competition
Trade Secrets and Noncompete Covenants
Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements

ADMISSIONS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
State Bar of Michigan, 1999
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2000
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2002
Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2008
United States Supreme Court, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS

Y.M.C.A. Adventure Guide Navigator volunteer
U-M Club of Grand Rapids

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • New Holland Brewing Company, L.L.C. v. Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub Incorporated 1:15-cv-00477 (W.D. Mich.) (trademark infringement)
  • Alpha Resources, Inc. v. Leco Corporation, 1:15-cv-01295 (W.D. Mich.) (patent infringement/declaratory judgment)
  • Schluter Systems, L.P. v. Noble Company, 18:15-cv-00594 (N.D. N.Y.) (trademark infringement)
  • SAF-Holland, Inc. v. Hendrickson USA, LLC, Case No. 1:14-cv-00650 (W.D. Mich.) (patent infringement)
  • Performance Fabrics Inc. v. Big Time Holdings Inc., 1:14-cv-01013 (W.D. Mich). (trademark infringement)
  • Vestcom International, Inc. v. Grandville Printing Company, IPR 2013-00031 (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Patent Trial and Appeal Board)
  • Whirlpool Corporation v. Hon. Teresa Stanek Rea, Case No. 1:13cv227 (E.D. Va) (patent term adjustment)
  • Root-Lowell Manufacturing Co. v. The Fountainhead Group, Inc., Case No. 1:12-cv-00304 (W.D. Mich.) (sprayers)
  • Quality Edge, Inc v. U.S. Aluminum, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-00453 (W.D. Mich.) (rain gutter guards)
  • Standard Lifters, Inc. v. DADCO, Inc., Case No. 1:11-cv-268 (W.D. Mich.) (guided keeper assemblies)
  • Quality Edge, Inc. v. Rollex Corporation, Case No. 1:10-cv-278 (W.D. Mich.) (aluminum soffits)
  • Biogaia AB v. Nature’s Way Products, Inc., Case No. 5:10-cv-449 FL (E.D. N.C.) (probiotics)
  • T. Marzetti Co. v. Roskam Baking Co.,, Case No. 2:09-cv-585 (S.D. Ohio), and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No.  10-3784 (Argued on Nov. 30, 2011) (Texas Toast croutons)
  • McKechnie Vehicle Components v. Lacks Indus.,  Case No. 02:09-cv-11594 (E.D. Mich.) (wheel cladding assemblies)
  • Lacks Indus., Inc. v. McKechnie Vehicle Components USA, Inc. et al., Case No. 96-75692 (E.D. Mich.) (wheel cladding assemblies)
  • Energizer Holdings, Inc. et al. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Court of Appeals Case Nos. 05-1018 (Fed. Cir. 2005) and 2007-1197 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (alkaline batteries), and U.S. Supreme Court Case No. 08-583
  • BSML, Inc. et al. v. Ranir, LLC, Case No. 1:07-cv-521 (W.D. Mich. 2007) (teeth bleaching compositions)
  • Mid-American Prods., Inc. v. 21st Century Plastics, Inc., Case No. 1:07-cv-0191 (W.D. Mich. 2007) (valve lifter guides)
  • Johnson & Johnson et al. v. Perrigo Co. et al., Case No. 1:06-cv-7198 (S.D.N.Y. 2006) (triple antibiotic ointments comparable to Neosporin®)
  • Henkel Corp. v. ChemQuest, Inc., Case No. 1:06-cv-0665 (W.D. Mich. 2006) (resin and activators for use in the automotive industry)
  • Merry Chance Ind., Ltd. v. Kohl’s Corp. et al., Case No. 1:06-cv-0831 (W.D. Mich. 2006) (brush having removable tines)
  • Precise Machining, Inc. v. Monarch Hydraulics, Inc., Case No. 06-02585-CP (Kent County Circuit Court 2006) (hydraulic check valve housings)
  • Computer Prods. and Resources v. CPR Computers, Inc., Case No. 06-419 CK (Barry County 5th Circuit Court 2006) (trademark for “CPR”)
  • Schick Mfg., Inc., et al. v. Gillette, Civil Action No. 3:04-cv-00260-PCD (D. Conn. 2004) (shaving systems)
  • Saint-Gobain Corp. v. Gemtron Corp., Case No. 1:04-cv-0387 (W.D. Mich. 2004) (refrigerator components)
  • The Gillette Company v. Energizer Holdings, Incet. al., Case No. 03 11514 PBS (D. Mass. 2003) (shaving system), and Court of Appeals Case No. 04-1220 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (shaving system), opinion at 405 F.3d 1367 (Fed. Cir. 2005)
  • Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. v. Eveready Battery Company, Inc., Case No. 03-801 (D. Del. 2003) (lithium batteries)
  • Gillette v. Energizer Holdings, Inc., et al.,Civil Action No. 03-12455 DPW (D. Mass. 2003) (women’s shaving systems)
  • Bariatrix Prods. Int’l, Inc. v. Elan Nutrition, LLC, Case No. 2:02-cv-304 (D. Vt. 2002) (nutritional confectionary bars)
  • Nibco, Inc. v. Tyco Int’l (US), Inc. et al., Case No. 3:02-cv-0124AS (N.D. Ind. 2002) (valve assemblies)
  • Callies’ Enterprises, Inc. et al. v. Michael McDonald et al.,Case No. 02 C 1330 (N.D. Ill. 2002) (blueprint bags)
  • Grand Haven Stamped Prods. Co. v. Dura Automotive Sys., Inc., Case No. 1:02-cv-0420 (W.D. Mich. 2002), and Court of Appeals Case No. 04-1453 (Fed. Cir. 2004) (automatic transmission shifters)
  • Tennant Co. v. Richard Wulff et al., Case No. 02-42230-CK (Ottawa County Circuit Court 2002) (floor cleaning machines)
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Perrigo Co. et al., Case No. 1:2000-cv-404 (W.D. Mich. 2000) (compositions containing the non-prescription combinations of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine to alleviate the pain and symptoms of migraine)
  • Twenty-nine (29) TTAB cases concerning oppositions and/or cancellation of marks