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McKool Smith, one of the nation's leading trial firms, has announced that Nicholas Matich, former Acting General Counsel of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will join the firm as a principal in its intellectual property practice. There has been extensive coverage of his pending arrival. You can view some of the reports below:

"Ex-USPTO GC Joins McKool Smith in Washington," Law360 (12/11/2020)

  • "McKool Smith PC added a former acting general counsel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to its intellectual property practice, the firm announced Friday.  Nicholas Matich will start Jan. 1 as a principal in McKool Smith's Washington, D.C., office. He told Law360 he decided to join McKool Smith because he felt the firm could offer the high-level work he wanted while at the same time being a comfortable size where he can really get to know his colleagues." 

"Former USPTO acting general counsel joins McKool Smith," Intellectual Property Magazine (12/11/2020)

  • "Former acting general counsel of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Nicholas Matich, has joined law firm McKool Smith as a principal in its IP practice, effective 1 January."

"Wake Up Call...," Bloomberg Law, (12/14/2020) 

  • "McKool Smith hired former Trump adviser Nicholas Matich, most recently acting general counsel of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, as a principal in its intellectual property practice, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Matich was previously a USPTO senior legal adviser, deputy GC in the Office of Management and Budget, and he was a Williams & Connolly attorney."

"Washington-area appointments and promotions for Dec. 14," Washington Post, (12/13/2020)

  • "McKool Smith of the District appointed Nicholas Matich principal in the firm’s intellectual property practice."

"McKool Smith Hires Former USPTO Acting General Counsel," World IP Review, (12/15/2020)

"Trump Weighs in on Rebrand; Reddit Acquires Dubsmash; USPTO Director Talks Designs - News Digest," World Trademark Review, (12/15/2020)

  • "McKool Smith hires USPTO veteran – McKool Smith has announced that Nicholas Matich, former acting general counsel of the USPTO will join the firm as a principal in its intellectual property practice. During his time with the USPTO, Matich supervised the provision of legal advice and litigation on IP and administrative matters for the agency, including providing legal advice on patent, trademark, and copyright matters."

"Skilled in the Art: Less is More When it Comes to IP Trails," Law.com (12/18/2020)

  • "Nick Matich, a former acting general counsel of the USPTO, has joined McKool Smith as a principal. Matich was a senior legal adviser to PTO Director Andrei Iancu, then headed up the general counsel’s office for much of this year, supervising more than 130 attorneys and support staff. He previously served as deputy general counsel at the Office of Management and Budget."

"IP Hires: McKool Smith, Baker Botts, Foley Hoad," Law360 (12/18/2020)

  • "McKool Smith PC has added a former acting general counsel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to its intellectual property practice. Nicholas Matich will start Jan. 1 as a principal in McKool Smith's Washington, D.C., office. Matich told Law360 he felt the firm could offer the high-level work he wanted while also being a comfortable size where he can really get to know his colleagues."

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