George G. Matava is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. Mr. Matava brings more than 30 years of litigation experience to the firm, 28 of which have been focused in the intellectual property area.
He has handled numerous high-stakes matters in federal courts across the country in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, e-commerce, trade secret and related contract and antitrust-related claims.
His cases have involved the fields of automotive products, biomedical devices, computer hardware and software, cable and satellite television, biodegradable plastics, brewing, real estate franchising, telecommunications, and consumer products.
He has handled appeals in the Federal Circuit, 7th Circuit and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeals; and has substantial experience handling commercial litigation matters, including contract and antitrust disputes.
His antitrust experience has been in the areas of predatory pricing, price fixing, sham litigation, and patent misuse. Mr. Matava has also successfully represented a patent owner in inter partes review proceedings in the PTO involving fiber optic switching.
Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Mr. Matava helped lead the intellectual property and intellectual property litigation practices of major national and Colorado firms. In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Matava was the founding chairman and president of the Colorado IP American Inn of Court, an organization of 180 IP lawyers in Colorado which is designed to promote professionalism within the legal community and the mentoring of young lawyers and law students. He was previously chairman of the IP section of the Colorado Bar Association.
For the last eight years, Mr. Matava has been selected among The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and was ranked in Colorado by Chambers USA for intellectual property. Chambers USA has indicated that Mr. Matava “has great depth of experience in IP litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, e-commerce, trade secret and antitrust-related claims” and that “[h]e is a thorough and professional straight shooter who gets to the point.”
In addition, Mr. Matava recently earned his Certificate in Mediation from the well-respected Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. With a growing trend toward mediation of litigated cases, Mr. Matava combines his “straight shooting” approach to law with his extensive IP litigation experience to facilitate settlement negotiations between adversarial parties to reach innovative, cost-effective and mutually-beneficial resolutions.
He is also a member of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society. With membership limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, Mr. Matava and his LCA peers represent the most experienced and highly-qualified litigators in the country who share and grow their collective expertise through professional development, advocacy and ethics in the American litigation process.
Mr. Matava began his career in the Honor Law Graduate Program as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., working primarily on espionage cases. He received his bachelor of science from Trinity College, and his juris doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law.
- Wake Forest University School of Law, Juris Doctor
- Trinity College, Bachelor of Science
- State Bar Admissions, Colorado
- United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court,
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circui
- United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- United States District Courts, United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Representative Cases :
- Veazie v. Gates Corporation, (S.D. Fla.) – Defended Gates and Trico Products in a patent infringement suit involving windshield wiper blade technology.
- Phillips v. Gateway, Inc., (Utah) – Defended Gateway in a patent infringement suit involving purported defects in floppy disk controllers. Case settled after opening statements.
- EchoStar Communications v. Gemstar/TV Guide, (D. Colo.; W.D. N.C.) – Defended Gemstar/TV Guide with several firms in connection with antitrust claims involving alleged patent misuse and counter-claims of patent infringement. Technology involved interactive programming guides for cable and satellite technologies.
- Seroctin Research & Technologies v. Unigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et. al., (D. Utah) – Represented defendants in a patent suit involving nutraceuticals. After 16 months of litigation, the matter settled confidentially the day before trial.
- Gates Corp. v. Dorman Products, (D. Colo.) – Represented Gates in a false advertising suit involving automatic belt tensioners. After 10 months of litigation, Dorman agreed to an injunction whereby it would cease using the accused advertisements.
- US WEST – Filed and settled four trademark policing actions on behalf of its former subsidiary, Media One, which later merged with AT&T. In all of the settlements, US WEST negotiated with other entities for them to cease use of the mark “Media One.”
- Univera, Inc. v. Qivana, Inc., (D. Wash. and D. Utah) – Litigated two cases involving theft of trade secrets and breach of contract in the multi-level marketing area. Cases settled confidentially during discovery.
- United States v. Kampiles, (N.D. Ill.) – Successful espionage prosecution of CIA case agent who sold manual of a spy satellite system to the KGB. Wrote appellate brief and argued appeal to the 7th Circuit. Decision reported at 609 F. 2d 1233 (7th Cir.).
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