Matthew Minnick, Associate

An innovative IP lawyer who helped Naval aircraft reach new heights

Matt brings more than a decade of engineering experience to his IP law practice, including innovative work in support of the U.S. military. With his background in mechanical engineering, he counsels clients on a variety of technologies related to network and communications, robotics, aerospace, defense and other mechanical applications. He also has hands-on experience with computer programming, software and various electronic technologies.

Before joining Patterson + Sheridan, Matt served as a civilian materials engineer and patent specialist at Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, a Naval Aviation repair and maintenance facility at NAS North Island. As a team lead, he developed test plans for national, multi-service efforts to characterize three cold spray metallic coating technologies used to restore military aircraft parts. Matt has first-hand experience in industrial technology and production operations. He also wrote invention disclosures, coordinated Patent Office responses between inventors and outside counsel, and advised engineers about the patent process and patentable subject matter.

Matt received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the AIAA Outstanding Achievement by an Aerospace Organization, DiscoveryE Engineering Project of the Year, and an honorable mention for the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Innovation Award. He also spent more than three years as a lead engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.

Patience, grit and a commitment to authenticity

Throughout his career, Matt has always taken a hands-on approach. Thanks in part to his in-house experience, he has a keen understanding of how intellectual property intersects with and influences business strategy, and has an eye for identifying patent-eligible material. Matt values clear communication and a straightforward approach with clients.

Matt attended the University of San Diego School of Law while working full-time as an engineer. He received a Certificate of Concentration in Intellectual Property Law and served as a research assistant to a federal judge, examining 700+ patent cases to analyze the effect of KSR v. Teleflex on 35 U.S.C 103 obviousness decisions in the district court and Federal Circuit.

Outside of the office, Matt and his wife (a fellow attorney) enjoy visiting new places, learning about foreign cultures and tasting the local beers. He also enjoys sailing, golfing and brewing beer. Matt is an avid runner and placed in the top 2% for the 2018 Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll San Diego Marathon.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 2020
  • B.S., cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

  • San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association