Matt Bresnahan is a partner in the San Diego and Los Angeles offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he has focused his practice over the past 12 years on all aspects of intellectual property, including strategic patent counseling, patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Matt is primary outside IP counsel to more than 50 life sciences companies within the biotechnology, molecular biology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device fields in Southern California.
Matt regularly leads the founding and implementation of IP strategies for life sciences companies. He prosecutes patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and manages and oversees national and international patent portfolios for his clients. Matt has analyzed intellectual property portfolios and performed IP due diligence for both venture capital firms and businesses in a variety of investment environments, including financings, mergers and acquisitions, and initial public offerings (IPOs). He writes opinion letters of counsel, negotiates and drafts transactional agreements, performs IP audits, and formulates and implements IP strategies for both established and emerging growth companies. Matt works very closely with companies that are looking to spinout technology from the many universities and hospitals in Southern California.
Matt is an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he is currently teaching patent law, which he has taught for the past six years. He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007. He earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 2004