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, trade secrets, copyrights, domain names, and related areas. With background in entertainment, information technology, and medicine, and a passion for global language, culture, and food, he works comfortably with clients in diverse industries. Certified as a Social Media Strategist and software Master Instructor, he often handles complex intellectual property matters arising in the Web 3.0 space.
Matthewfrequently authors articles on subjects ranging from social media and domain names to licensing, branding, and information technology. He is an active speaker and lecturer and a frequent moderator and panelist at American Bar Association (ABA), International Trademark Association (INTA), and other conferences. He has presented at the Fordham IP Conference, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) annual meeting, and before the Law Society of Ontario (Canada) among others. Matthew is an adjunct professor of law and frequent guest lecturer at Fordham University. He has also taught at The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law(Yeshiva University), Columbia University, and the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) in Madrid, Spain. He has chaired several committees of the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, through which he contributed to comments on rulemakings by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for which he co-produced a series of professional videos illustrating intellectual property rights in different settings. He was appointed Chair of the Section’s newly formed Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Task Force in 2022.
Matthew received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon and attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Drexel University). He received his J.D. from Cardozo, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Law Society and Acquisitions Editor of the top-ranked Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. An active alumnus, he chairs the Alumni Intellectual Property Practice Group and mentors numerous young attorneys and law students.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Matthew 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.
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.
Some of the most valuable aspects of a business are intangible – the intellectual property behind the innovations that drive the business, the contribution of individual people and teams both within and outside of the company toward the common goals, the culture and perspectives of the decision makers and the work atmosphere, and the networks of providers, partners, investors and clientele. With a portion of the podcast devoted to intellectual property issues and tips for startups and more established businesses, host Matthew D. Asbell, an extensively experienced intellectual property attorney with clientele and life experiences across a wide range of B2B and B2C industries including food and beverage, fintech and other software, entertainment and fashion, life sciences and others, discusses with his guests key business and legal issues tied to the intangible aspects of companies.