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Matt Welch


Alston & Bird

Matt Welch is an associate with Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. Before joining the firm, Matt represented technology companies before the ITC, PTAB, and district courts as an IP associate at an international firm in Washington, D.C. Matt also clerked for the Hon. Robert J. Conrad, Jr. in the Western District of North Carolina.

Matt received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University, where he served as the notes & comments editor on the Law Review and as a member of the moot court team. Matt was also granted membership in the Order of the Coif and earned the highest grade in nine classes including Torts, Legal Writing and Analysis I & II, Property, Contracts and Commercial Transactions, Advanced Legal Research, Labor Law, Professional Responsibility, and Criminal Procedure.

Matt received a B.S. in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Clemson University, where he earned the Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award for the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences in recognition of his campus leadership and academic achievements.

Recent Articles by Matt Welch

Green, Yellow, Or Red: What Color Is Your Patent Examiner and Why Should You Care?

Examiners at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be categorized into three different “types,” namely, green, yellow and red Examiners. Knowing the type of Examiner assigned to a particular U.S. patent application can help in strategizing on prosecution tactics, crafting responses, and anticipating costs and timing needed to obtain a U.S. patent. For each year from 2009 to 2019, data was gathered for Examiners in each of eight non-design Tech Centers at the USPTO from the LexisNexis PatentAdvisor® patent prosecution analytics database. Examiners are categorized into three different types (so-called green, yellow, and red Examiners), and the data show that certain types of Examiners allow and examine disproportionately more U.S. patents each year than other types of Examiners, resulting in few allowing many, and many allowing few.