Matthew S. Bethards

Matthew S. Bethards

Salt Lake City, UT
Sacramento, CA

About Matt

Matt Bethards is a partner of the firm and a past chair of the firm-wide Technology & Intellectual Property practice group. His practice focuses on patent-related matters for medical device, life science and chemical technology companies. Clients have come to rely on Matt to help them align their patent strategy with their business objectives through strategic intellectual property counseling and U.S. and foreign patent procurement and portfolio management. 

Matt is regularly involved in helping clients assess infringement risk through the IP due diligence process, product clearance analysis, and providing opinions regarding infringement and validity. He has experience with IPR and reexamination proceedings and their strategic use to provide product clearance and to avoid and defeat infringement claims. Matt has also developed the strategies for numerous opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and in other opposition proceedings worldwide. 

Matt’s work has been the basis for protecting critical technologies that generate hundreds of millions of dollars to over a billion dollars in annual sales revenue. His patents have been central to and scrutinized in major (billion-dollar) transactions.

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Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, and Life Science Industries

Matt’s experience in the medical device industry is extensive, with particular experience in cardiovascular and interventional radiology technologies, orthopedic technologies, biomaterials, and radiation protection systems. More specifically, Matt has experience in vascular access and endovascular technologies, stents and stent delivery systems, grafts, inflation systems, embolics, orthopedic implants, hip replacement and spinal systems and related biomaterials and surgical technologies, dialysis technologies, wound therapy systems, vascular filters and vascular snares, surgical tools, needle systems, biopsy devices, antimicrobial and thromboresistant coatings and polymers, and neurovascular appliances and treatment systems. 

In the pharmaceutical industry, clients have come to rely on Matt’s experience with small-molecule pharmaceuticals, drug formulations, hematology dye reagents, and drug delivery technologies such as drug-eluting microspheres, implantable drug-eluting pumps, chemoembolization technologies, aerosolized drug delivery, and transdermal drug delivery devices. 

Representative Work

  • Currently managing all aspects and strategy of a significant worldwide medical device patent estate covering large product offerings representing almost $1 billion per year in revenue
  • Developed the patent strategy to obtain patent protection for a $140 million per year Orange Book listed drug delivery technology
  • Developed the worldwide patent prosecution and clearance strategies for a $1.4 billion per year Orange Book listed small-molecule pharmaceutical
  • Drafted the patents and developed the patent strategy that was central to a $1 billion acquisition for a drug delivery technology  

Chemical and Agricultural Industries

Matt has experience with disruptive agricultural technologies such as environmentally friendly superabsorbent polymers used for drought resistance, explosive technologies used in mining and seismic exploration, metathesis catalysts, chemical processing, composite materials, and biological hazard detection. 

Representative Work

  • Currently managing the strategy of a significant worldwide patent estate for the largest explosives manufacturer in North America
  • Currently managing the worldwide patent portfolio for a technology that was the subject of a Nobel Prize for chemistry
  • Represented a detergent company in an IP-centric transaction just shy of $1 billion  

Renewable Energy Industry

Matt has deep experience in the solar and biofuel technology space including technologies used for the development of electronic-grade silicon, next-generation solar module systems, and cellulosic ethanol production and ethanol production from other non-food biomasses. 

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Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Patent Law), 2015–2022
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Intellectual Property), 2015–2021
  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2018–2020
  • Included in Utah Business Legal Elite (Intellectual Property), 2004–2021
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Intellectual Property), 2019–2020
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Intellectual Property), Mountain States Super Lawyers®, 2008–2016
  • Founding member of the David K. Winder IP Inn of Court (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Utah IP Summit Planning Committee (all-day CLE event for 400+ intellectual property practitioners)
  • Utah Life Science Symposium, Chair and member of the Planning Committee 2008–2010
  • Giles Rich Moot Court Competition Liaison, Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar, 2008–2012
  • Utah and Sacramento Innovation Awards Programs, Subcommittee Chair for Medical Devices, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals & Materials Science, 2005–2019
  • Practice Group Leader for firm-wide Technology & Intellectual Property practice group comprising 50 intellectual property attorneys, 2013–2016
  • Hiring partner and Chair of the firm’s recruiting committee, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011–2013
  • Member, Chemical Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2004–present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Matt has published scholarly law review articles on various intellectual property topics, including publication in the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. He has also authored intellectual property strategy pieces in industry and business publications.
  • Matt has taught law school classes at the University of Utah (Chemical & Biotechnology Law) and Brigham Young University (Technology Licensing). He has also taught patent strategy classes at the Utah School of Medicine and the Marriott School of Management (BYU). He has been a frequent presenter at life science, bioscience and small-business industry events.

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