Matthew C. Cox

Matt Cox represents clients in many areas of IP law, including patent preparation and prosecution, patent and trademark litigation, patent diligence for corporate transactions, patent opinion work, proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, licensing, counseling clients in overall IP strategy, and IP portfolio management.  Matt has prepared and prosecuted more than 150 U.S. patent applications in a variety of technical fields, and he has extensive experience in the areas of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, medical devices, sporting goods, heavy machinery, automotive, manufacturing, microfluidic devices, materials science, and aerospace applications.

A results-oriented attorney, Matt enjoys the diversity of his patent-focused legal practice.  In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Matt also frequently represents venture capital and private equity investors in due diligence for transactions involving patent portfolios. His experience also includes patent licensing matters. Additionally, Matt prepares U.S. and international Freedom to Operate opinions related to new product development and marketing efforts for clients ranging from start-ups to well-established corporations.


  • 2017 Mid-South Rising Star - Super Lawyer


  • Prepared and prosecuted over 150 patent applications in a variety of mechanical and electro-mechanical fields for clients around the world
  • Represented an international consumer products company in freedom to operate opinions for U.S. and foreign markets
  • Represented a private equity group in patent diligence for a transaction involving a large portfolio of U.S. and foreign patents
  • Represented a foreign metal equipment manufacturer in post-trial motion practice and appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Represented a surgeon in acquiring patents on a new medical device and negotiated a favorable license agreement with a publicly traded medical device manufacturer
  • Represented clients in preparing, prosecuting and maintaining hundreds of U.S. trademark applications
  • Represented clients in cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)

Representative Patents


  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, ITC Trial Lawyers Association (ITCTLA)
  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
  • Member, Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA)
  • Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)


  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law, 2009
  • M.S., Vanderbilt University, Mechanical Engineering, 2005
  • B.S., Vanderbilt University, Mechanical Engineering, 2002

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma

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A native of Sumner County, Tennessee, Matt is an outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing and golf in the summer and snow skiing in the winter.