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Matthew Vella is an intellectual property attorney who specializes in patent licensing, litigation, and defense.

Matt has built, managed, and executed over 100 patent license programs that have covered patent portfolios across a wide range of technology fields, including mobile computing, DRAM/FLASH memory, PC architecture, databases, network management, web services, orthopedics, cardiovascular, image processing and graphics, automobile safety, voice/video codec, semiconductors, cell phone GPUs, HDTV, business intelligence and analytics, credit card authentication, and digital rights management.  These licensed portfolios include the software patents associated with the Palm Pilot device, VoiceAge’s (Université de Sherbrooke) 3GPP voice codec portfolio, Renesas Electronics memory portfolio, Software Tree’s Object Relational Mapping (ORM) patent, Nortel Network’s voice-over-IP portfolio, and Bay Networks’ data networking portfolio.  Licensees under these programs include virtually every major technology company in the world.

Matt comes to Prince Lobel after serving as the President and CEO of patent licensing company Acacia Research.  Under his leadership, the company built and licensed over one billion dollars’ worth of patents and increased its annual revenue nearly tenfold.  Prior to his success leading Acacia, Matt was Senior Intellectual Property at ATI Research Inc. (since acquired by Advanced Micro Devices), where he asserted ATI patents, defended patent assertions made against ATI, prosecuted patent litigation, and advised executive leadership on critical matters, such as “bet-the-company” litigation.

Matt also served as Lead Patent License Counsel for telecommunications company Nortel Networks.  In this role, he founded and ran several multimillion-dollar patent licensing programs, identified the top patents and applications in Nortel’s portfolio, and managed and favorably settled multiple patent infringement lawsuits.

Matt has been featured in many magazine and newspaper articles and has authored multiple pieces for Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine.  He is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics.  He was named one of IAM magazine’s “IP Personalities of the Year” in both 2014 and 2015, and has been an IAM Strategy 300-ranked IP strategist for the past several years.  Matt received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Law School and his B.S. in Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa.  He is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, California, and Ontario and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



  • University of Toronto Law School, J.D., Intellectual Property Law, 1999
  • Carleton University, B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Ontario