As an attorney who can read software code, understand complex mathematics, and engage engineers, computer scientists, and cybersecurity professionals at a technical level, Matthew Horton brings a combination of legal and technical knowledge easily tailored to address legal issues associated with high technology innovation. Mr. Horton regularly counsels clients on developing strategic intellectual property portfolios, helping them identify and develop business-oriented and industry-oriented portfolio strategies.

In addition to portfolio counseling, Mr. Horton often supports litigation efforts in both traditional courts and AIA post-grant trial proceedings, and prepares both formal and informal opinions. In patent prosecution, he has successfully drafted or prosecuted a variety of high technology patents, including applications directed to cybersecurity technologies, high-performance computing, high-availability infrastructures, cloud computing, mobile and web applications, mobile devices, business processes and database management, computer hardware, machine learning, and semiconductors.

Mr. Horton has extensive information technology and cybersecurity experience, serving as a systems engineer and cybersecurity engineer at Lockheed Martin and Electronic Warfare Associates. He played key roles on various cybersecurity and network engineering teams overseeing Federal network infrastructures. As a member of both cybersecurity and network engineering teams servicing agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the State Department, he contributed to anti-malware and anti-intrusion efforts, conducted anti-intrusion and network vulnerability assessments, and consulted on improving the cybersecurity postures for networks he supported.

Mr. Horton holds an LLM in Intellectual Property from The George Washington University Law School, and a JD from Tulane University, where he was an Editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property and winner of the Tulane Senior Moot Court Trial Competition.


  • LLM, Intellectual Property, The George Washington University Law School, 2013
  • JD, Tulane University Law School, 2012
  • MS, Computer & Information Technology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • BS, Information Technology, Networking, and Cybersecurity, George Mason University, 2007
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • US Patent and Trademark Office

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