Overview

Matthew J. Sampson is partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP. For over 25 years, Mr. Sampson has successfully represented clients in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on litigation, prosecution and client counseling. His work spans many technology areas, including microprocessor-based systems and software, user interfaces, business methods, communications, signal processing, semiconductors, and medical devices and imaging. He has rendered opinions regarding patent rights and counseled clients on designing around patent rights that appear to be valid.  In addition, he has counseled, managed, and implemented strategies for building, defending, and enforcing patent portfolios and protecting proprietary innovations. In this regard, he also has counseled clients in regard to standard-essential patents, as well as patented technologies that became de facto industry standards. While serving all types of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals, Mr. Sampson has litigated cases involving patent, antitrust, and related state law issues. He has also participated in alternative dispute resolution proceedings and is experienced in drafting and negotiating licenses.

In addition to his extensive client service experience, Mr. Sampson has served in numerous management roles at the firm, including many terms on the firm’s Management Board, Chair of the Recruiting Committee, and Chair of the Business Development Committee, in addition to serving as the firm’s Managing Partner from 2005 through 2007.  He has also taught law school courses on patent law and has been a long-time advisory board member for the intellectual property program of a local law school.

Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Sampson worked as a research and development engineer for a supplier of airborne electronics systems, where his research focused on signal processing and RF design.