Matthew Asbell assists clients in clearing, obtaining, enforcing, and defending trademark rights in the United States and throughout the world. He also provides advice on patents, copyrights, domain names, and other related areas. With prior background in the entertainment industry, information technology, and medicine, he is comfortable working with a wide range of clients in diverse industries. In addition, his certifications as a Social Media Strategist and software Master Instructor equip him to handle complex intellectual property matters arising in the Web 2.0 space.
Matthew frequently collaborates on and authors articles on intellectual property on subjects ranging from social media and domain names to licensing, branding, and information technology. He is an active speaker and lecturer and is a frequent moderator and panelist at ABA, INTA, and other conferences. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University, The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Columbia University. Matthew co-produced a series of 5 informational videos for the American Bar Association that illustrate intellectual property rights in different settings.
Matthew received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University and attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania, (now part of Drexel University). He received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Acquisitions Editor of the top-ranked Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. As an active alumnus, he serves on the Alumni Executive Committee, chairs the Alumni Intellectual Property Practice Group, and mentors numerous young attorneys and law students.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, he managed emerging singer-songwriters and recording artists, trained corporate employees of a pharmaceutical company to use software applications, and studied medicine. Matthew’s passion for his work in intellectual property arises from a deep appreciation for creativity, whether in the form of invention, design, expression, or marketing. He regularly applies his love of technology, language, and culture.
Outside of work, Matthew, a native of Philadelphia, enjoys spending time with his wife, a Brazilian staff member of the United Nations, and their twin children. His interests range from music (including songwriting, piano, guitar, and percussion), cooking, SCUBA diving, and martial arts.
"I’ve known Matthew for years through bar association events and knew him to always be thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable. When the opportunity came for me to seek expert counsel in trademark matters, I knew to talk to Matthew and his team. He provides high level advice, anticipating where we could stumble and offering innovative solutions every step of the way. He is on top of changes in the law and procedure, and appreciates the need for a business solution to business problems."
— Jennifer Chung, General Counsel, Accuweather, Inc. and formerly, Assistant General Counsel, Time, Inc.
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