Matthew W. Cornelia Associate

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Matt is a member of the Commercial Litigation department and focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation in federal district courts and before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 proceedings. With a degree in electrical engineering, his experience spans various industries and technologies, including telecommunications, networking, mobile devices, location-based services, data encryption, fiber-optic communications, semiconductor design and fabrication, electrical power generation and delivery, and oil and gas drilling and sensor technologies.

Matt has represented clients in over 50 patent lawsuits. He has handled all phases of discovery; prepared claim construction briefing and argued at the Markman hearing; taken and defended depositions (including fact witnesses, corporate representatives, and experts); worked with expert witnesses on non-infringement, invalidity, and damages issues; and drafted many critical motions (including motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, Daubert motions, and pre-trial motions).

He has also represented clients in trademark, trade secret, and unfair competition disputes in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to his litigation practice, Matt has helped clients identify, evaluate, and enforce intellectual property assets.

Matt is a member of two Dallas Bar Association committees and maintains an active pro bono docket, assisting artists and entrepreneurs navigate intellectual property issues.


  • Defended two national telecommunications carriers in patent infringement actions involving femtocells. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Defended a manufacturer of wood products in a patent infringement action involving building panels with a water-resistant and vapor-permeable barrier. (E.D. Tex.)
  • Represented a leading telephone service provider in an action against a competitor in which both parties asserted claims of patent infringement. (N.D. Tex.)
  • Represented a leading developer of equestrian and pet nutritional supplements in an action involving unfair competition, business disparagement, and defamation. (S.D. Tex.)
  • Defended an international telecommunications company in a series of actions alleging infringement of over 15 patents. (W.D. Tex.)
  • Defended a major semiconductor supplier in a patent infringement action involving bit-level permutation instructions in programmable processors. (W.D. Tex.)
  • Defended two oil and gas well construction and completion companies in patent infringement actions involving casing float tools. (W.D. Tex.)
  • Defended a major manufacturer of lights, sensors, and controls in two patent infringement actions, the first of which was dismissed based on the strength of an invalidity defense, and the second of which resulted in a final determination of non-infringement following a full hearing. (ITC)
  • Defended an oilfield technology company in a patent infringement action involving roller cone completion bits. (ITC)
  • Secured dismissal of claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices for a professional services staffing firm through a motion to dismiss. (N.D. Ill.)
  • Obtained summary judgment on trademark infringement claims, including an award of attorneys’ fees, on behalf of a top-ranked research university. (M.D. Pa.)