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Matthew Norwood

Partner - Lawyer, Patent Agent

Tel: 416-865-3523
Office: Toronto

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Matt Norwood is a partner at Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm’s Toronto office. His practice is directed towards drafting and prosecuting patent applications, litigating intellectual property disputes, and advising clients on IP licensing matters. He is licensed to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, as an attorney in New York, as a registered patent agent before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and as a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Matt provides legal advice and opinions to clients on intellectual property strategies and transactions, including patent and trademark filings, IP licensing and acquisition, policing and enforcement of IP rights, and IP due diligence and risk management. He has experience in a wide range of industries, including semiconductors, artificial intelligence, nuclear power, construction, cannabis, robotics, telecommunications, and medical devices.

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. Matt enjoys hiking, camping, and biking with his wife and two young children.

  • 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)
  • Registered Patent Agent, United States (2017)
  • Registered Patent Agent, Canada (2019)
  • American Bar Association – ABA
  • The Advocates’ Society (Member)
  • Guest Lecturer, "Claiming Inventions: Philosophies, Principles and Practices" Workshop, University of Windsor (2020-2022)
  • Practice Judge, Western Law School team, Harold G. Fox Moot for Intellectual Property (2015-2022)
  • Practice Judge, Osgoode Hall Law School team, Price Media Law Moot (2022)
  • Lecturer, Vector Institute, Endless Summer School: AI Model Governance (2021)
  • Guest Lecturer, Advanced Patent Law, University of Western Ontario Law School (2018)
  • Panelist, Harold G. Fox Moot for Intellectual Property (2018) 

Patent Litigation

  • Benjamin Moore & Co. v. Attorney General of Canada, 2022 FC 923
    • Represented patentee before Patent Appeal Board and Federal Court, appealing rejection of two patent applications directed to computer-related subject-matter. Successfully challenged statutory subject-matter guidelines used in patent examination and established new, simpler test for patent eligibility.
  • Icon Elite Group Inc. ats Blue Sports Import-Export Inc., Federal Court File T-346-17
    • Lead counsel to plaintiff Icon Elite in patent infringement technology involving hockey skate guard technology - favourable settlement before trial
  • 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 –  favourable judgment for defendant on appeal  
  • 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
  • Inc. ats Michaels Stores Procurement Company, Inc. et al., Federal Court Files T-985-14 and T-1424-15
  • Neev Tapiero d.b.a. v. MAGG Gifts Inc., Federal Court File T-1974-15
    • Lead counsel to defendant/third party and plaintiff 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


Meet Our People

The lawyers and patent and trademark agents at Ridout & Maybee LLP bring both legal expertise and real-world industry knowledge to work for our clients. Many of our professionals were leaders in their technical field prior to working in intellectual property law, and hold advanced degrees and certifications.