Matthew J. Stark
Matthew Stark is a partner of the firm. While working as an architect, he discovered the legal side of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and developed a passion for the nuances of the legal process. He decided to develop his career path to incorporate his skills as an architect into his practice as an attorney. Now, Matt works with inventors who are passionate about their ideas. He truly enjoys helping inventors meet their goals in the intellectual property arena, and says, “I look at the facts, the law, and my client’s goals in order to help maximize value through their ideas.”
Matt has over 10 years of legal experience, including over five years of experience practicing intellectual property law. Matt specializes in mechanical technologies. His practice includes drafting patent applications, responding to office actions, participating in disclosure meetings, advising clients regarding patent strategies, and providing opinions regarding patentability and right-to-use issues as well as opinions concerning patent validity. He also has experience evaluating patent portfolios to determine value and breadth of patents and patent applications. His litigation background includes many aspects of intellectual property and commercial litigation, including motion practice, trial preparation, client consultation, written and deposition discovery, mediation, legal research, and coordinating matters with local counsel. Additionally, Matt has knowledge of transactional law involving contract review of commercial and intellectual property transactions. Matt is the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Section for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and the Committee Chair for Newsletter of the Association of Intellectual Property Firms (AIPF) IP Law Bugle.
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
University of Michigan, M.S., Architecture, 2003
University of Michigan, B.S., Architecture, 1997
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008
State Bar of Michigan, 2006
State Bar of Tennessee, 2011
Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
Eastern District of Tennessee, 2010
United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2010
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS
Western Golf Association Evans Scholar Foundation
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
Golf, art, cooking, and architecture.