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Matthew Norwood

Partner - Lawyer

Profile

Matt Norwood is a partner at Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm’s Toronto office. His practice is directed towards litigation of intellectual property disputes. He also advises clients on IP licensing matters and assists in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, with an emphasis on electrical and computer related technology.

Matt is a seasoned barrister with experience arguing IP cases before the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Ontario provincial courts. He works closely with clients to understand their business and their technology, advising them on litigation strategies designed to protect and advance their specific business interests.

Originally from Washington, DC, Matt has also lived and worked in Boston, New York City, and Toronto. Outside of the office, he volunteers as a judge for the FIRST Robotics League, an organization that cultivates passion for and excellence in the engineering disciplines among high school students across Canada and the US.

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Education & Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Brain and Cognitive Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999)
  • B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999)
  • M.Eng. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000)
  • J.D., Columbia University (2006)
  • Attorney at law, State of New York (2007)
  • Barrister & Solicitor, Province of Ontario (2009)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association – ABA
  • American Intellectual Property Institute – AIPLA (Member)

Representative Experience

Patent Litigation

  • Evolution Technologies Inc. ats Human Care Canada Inc., Federal Court File T-1556-12

Lead counsel to defendant Evolution in three week patent infringement trial in 2017 involving medical device technology – judgment pending

  • Airturn Products Inc. and Merit Precision Moulding Limited ats Canplas Industries Ltd., Federal Court File T-366-11 (consolidated with T-719-14)

Lead counsel to defendant Airturn in patent infringement action – favourable settlement shortly before trial

  • Evolution Technologies Inc. v. Human Care Canada Inc., Federal Court File T-2497-14
  • KWH Pipe (Canada) Ltd. et al. v. Ideal Pipe et al., Federal Court File T-2230-12
  • j2 Global Communications Inc. and Catch Curve Inc. v. Protus IP Solutions Inc., Federal Court File T-139-06

Counsel to plaintiffs Evolution, KWH Pipe, j2 Global, and Catch Curve in complex patent litigation actions – all settled favourably

Trademark Litigation

  • U Box It Inc. ats U-Haul International Inc., 2014 TMOB 207 & 208, Federal Court Files T-2448-14 & T-2449-14, Federal Court of Appeal File A-3-16

Lead counsel to opponent U Box It at the Trademarks Opposition Board, Federal Court, and Federal Court of Appeal opposing registration of U-Haul’s proposed marks “U-BOX” and “U-BOX WE-HAUL” – favourable judgments at all three levels, registrations denied

  • ASICS Corporation v. 9153-2267 Quebec Inc. et al d.b.a. jBloom Shoes, Federal Court File T-1019-13

Lead counsel to plaintiff ASICS in counterfeit goods case leading to enforcement of default judgment, seizure of goods, and contempt proceedings – favourable judgment, damages (including punitive damages) and legal costs successfully collected

  • Webnames.ca Inc. ats Michaels Stores Procurement Company, Inc. et al., Federal Court Files T-985-14 and T-1424-15
  • Neev Tapiero d.b.a. Cannabis.ca v. MAGG Gifts Inc., Federal Court File T-1974-15

Lead counsel to defendant/third party Webnames.ca and plaintiff Cannabis.ca in trademark infringement actions – favourable settlements following mediation

Software Copyright and Trademark Litigation

  • Mitchell Repair Information Company, LLC v. Wayne Long; Mitchell Repair v. Gregory Glazer, Federal Court Files T-1545-13 and T-834-15

Lead counsel to plaintiff Mitchell Repair in software counterfeiting cases – successful default judgments with damages and costs successfully collected

Patent Drafting and Prosecution

  • High-speed serial digital interface technologies, including Serializer-Deserializer ASIC design
  • Integrated circuit design
  • Consumer electronic devices, including hardware and software user interfaces, wireless communications systems, and software applications
  • Geo-magnetic surveying devices
  • Surgical tools, including robotic devices for haptic feedback and surgical lasers
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, including natural language processing and autonomous vehicles
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies
  • Online content management systems
  • Consumer products, including wearable devices and kitchenware
  • Automotive technology, including electric vehicles and vehicle accessories
  • Power line infrastructure technologies
  • Nuclear power plant maintenance technologies

Professional Recognition

  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Patent Law, University of Western Ontario Law School (2018)
  • Panelist, Harold G. Fox Moot for Intellectual Property (2018)
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