Mr. Matthews was born in Mont Belvieu, Texas, where he attended Barbers Hill High School, played football, and graduated as Valedictorian. He was the youngest Eagle Scout in the United States at the age of 13. Later, he attended the University of Texas on a football scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science in Physics Degree. He attended and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Matthews next worked in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a Patent Examiner and attended George Washington University Law School, concentrating on intellectual property related courses.
Mr. Matthews returned to Houston to join a patent law firm, which became Pravel, Wilson and Matthews. In 1972, he formed his own firm, which focused on the litigation of intellectual property matters. Mr. Matthews has served as lead counsel in many jury trials, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, throughout the United States and Western Europe. He has litigated every type of intellectual property issues, including patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, and copyright cases. In addition, he has served as court-appointed Special Master over intellectual property issues and has also testified as an expert witness in numerous, highly technical business tort and patent litigation matters.
Mr. Matthews is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the state courts of Texas, the federal district courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and the United States Supreme Court. He is a fellow member of the Houston Bar Association, including the Texas Bar, the Houston Bar, the Federal Circuit Bar, and The Fifth Federal Circuit Bar. He is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association and the Houston Intellectual Property Lawyers Association. He has also lectured at bar and association meetings on the selection of juries for the trial of patent cases.
Mr. Matthews is married and has two daughters and 5 grandchildren.