Matthew D. Murphey

Partner

Orange County
Business Phone: 949.622.2756
Business Fax: 949.769.2090

matthew.murphey@troutmansanders.com

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Matthew Murphey is a trial attorney. From the start of his legal career as a courts martial clerk in the United States Army in 1986, Matt has worked in courtrooms for nearly three decades. As counsel, Matt has tried cases to juries in three different states and five different federal districts. Matt’s background in science coupled with his trial experience while with prosecution agencies allowed him to transfer his trial skills to private practice fifteen years ago to complex patent and other intellectual property, financial institutions, and commercial litigation cases.

Matt has argued cases before the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, state trial and appellate courts throughout California, Washington, Arizona, and Texas, as well as federal district courts in California, Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Texas, New York, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Matt has represented financial institutions and major corporations in jury and bench trials involving guaranty, surety, and all types of litigation matters, including workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcy and purchase and sale disputes. He regularly defends financial institutions against claims of lender liability.

Matt's intellectual property litigation practice focuses on a particular expertise in patent cases involving a range of technologies. These include chemical and molecular biology disciplines related to the biotechnology industry, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) DNA/RNA isolation assays, gas and liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and in vitro diagnostics (IVD). Matt has also litigated mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering patents related to the diving, sporting goods, food service, computer and mass media technology industries.

Matt believes that jury trial practice is a craft that requires constant honing by actually trying cases to juries. To best utilize his trial experience, training in science and technology, and in dedication to the bar, Matt maintains a specialized criminal defense practice that is limited to charges involving forensic chemical evidence, with particular emphasis on defending clients against DUI charges. In consonance with Troutman Sanders’ dedication to providing pro bono legal representation to the community, Matt also accepts certain criminal defense matters on a court-appointed basis.

Matt also maintains an active trademark, trade dress and copyright litigation practice related to the retail apparel, food service and manufacturing industries. These include matters pending before district courts, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and numerous alternative dispute resolution (ADR) tribunals.

Representative Matters

CIVIL TRIALS

  • California Bank & Trust as Receiver for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v. Safady, (on remand, 2014 WL6989218, C.D. Cal.); breach of warranty/lender liability; counsel for plaintiff/cross-defendant; judgment for client of $5.4 million, defense judgment on cross-complaint.
  • Advanced MP Tech. v. Mass Integrated Systems, Inc., Sup. Ct. of Cal. County of Orange (2013 WL 8374571); breach of warranty; counsel for plaintiff; judgment for plaintiff.
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. Olaes Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a ODM, Sup. Court of Cal., County of San Diego, Case No. GIN052848; statutory warranty against third party infringement claims; counsel for plaintiff; verdict for plaintiff.
  • Brighton Collectibles, Inc. v. Marc Chantal America, Inc., USDC, S. Dist. Cal., No. 3:06-CV-01584H; trademark infringement and trade dress infringement; counsel for defendant; split verdict.
    Sofpool LLC v. Intex Recreation Corp., USDC, E. Dist. Tex., No. 2:07-CV-97; patent infringement; counsel for plaintiff; split verdict 2008; verdict on infringement vacated and case remanded by Fed. Cir. Court of Appeals (328 Fed.Appx. 654); settled after remand.
  • Sionix Corp. v. Gilliam, Duncan & Harms, Sup. Court of Cal., County of San Diego, No. GIC754391 (2001 WL 34098932); patent attorney malpractice; counsel for plaintiff; verdict for plaintiff.
  • Numerous criminal jury trials for the United States and the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. Hart, 2007 WL 1893924 (Trademark Tr. & App. Bd. 2007), Trademark Opposition.
  • Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. v. PBC Services, Inc., 2007 WL 841664 (E.D. Ark.), prel. injunction proceedings and combined trial; counsel for defendant; complaint dismissed; memo and opinion granting recovery against TRO bond, see 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100344.
  • Svane v. Rysewick, Sup. Court of Cal., County of San Diego, GIN021858; trial on contempt charge; counsel for alleged contemnor; charge dismissed after close of evidence on motion.
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. AIT, Inc., 2004 WL 341252 (Trademark Tr. & App. Bd. 2004), trademark opposition.
  • Sionix Corp. v. Moorehead, USDC (S.D. Cal. 2000) Case No. 3:99-CV-01201L, patent infringement [contempt proceeding], counsel for plaintiff.
  • California Woman, Inc. v. Pyramid Publishing Group, American Arbitration Ass'n, San Diego, California (1998), breach of contract.

NOTEWORTHY REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Patent Litigation

Life Sciences and Chemical Patents

  • Life Technologies, Inc. v. Illumina, Inc., No. 11-cv-00703 (S.D. Cal.), counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement claim on polymerase chain reaction DNA sequencing and replication.
  • Life Technologies, Inc. and University of California Berkley v. eBioscience, Inc., No. 10-cv-2127 (S.D. Cal.), counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement claim for fluorescent nanocrystal protein tagging technologY; settled.
  • Mannatech, Inc. v Roex, et al., No. 10-cv-00533 (N.D. Tex.), counsel for co-defendant and counter-claimant in infringement claim on food supplement chemical patent; settled.
  • Invitrogen Corporation v. General Electric Company D.B.A GE Healthcare, 2009 WL 1474264 (E.D. Tex.), counsel for plaintiff in random prime amplification (RPA) of nucleic acid technology claim; settled.
  • Genetic Applications LLC v. Invitrogen Corp., 2007 WL 4825981 (E.D. Tex. 2007), counsel for defendant in cellular transfection technology claim; settled.
  • Mingione v. U.S. Food Corp., 2004 WL 5676355 (S.D.Cal.), counsel for defendant in dairy substitute food product infringement claim; settled.
  • Window Rock Enterprises v. Wellspring Laboratories, 2004 WL 3705096 (C.D. Cal.), counsel for plaintiff in supplement compound infringement claim; settled.

Mechanical and Software Patents

  • Baseball Quick LLC v. Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Inc., No. 11-01735 (SDNY), counsel for plaintiff in patent infringement claim on method patent for editing and broadcasting condensed baseball broadcasts.
  • Autobytel, Inc. v. Insweb Corporation, 2009 WL 1474394 (E.D Tex.), counsel for co-defendant, software patent infringement claim; settled.
  • Aqua-Lung America, Inc. v. Johnson Outdoors, Inc., 2008 WL 1895927 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; buoyancy compensator vest patent infringement claim; settled.
  • Sanijet Corp. v. Lexor Intern., Inc., 2008 WL 1757820 (N.D. Tex.); counsel for defendant; impeller-driven electric water pump patent infringement claim; settled.
  • Sorkin v. Amsysco, Inc., 2007 WL 5077412 (S.D. Tex.); counsel for defendant; post-tension slab component patent infringement claim; summary judgment of non-infringement (memorandum and opinion granting summary judgment, see 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39399, judgment aff'd by Fed. Cir. Court of Appeals).
  • Stratedge Corp. v. Transcom, Inc., 2006 WL 2481670 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; microcomputer component patent infringement claim; settled.
  • Seaquest Inc. v. Mares America Corp., 2003 WL 23839202 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; buoyancy compensator vest patent infringement claim; court granted motion for prel. injunction for patent infringement; permanent injunction issued and case settled.
  • Seaquest, Inc. v. Zeagle Systems, Inc., 2003 WL 23839852 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; underwater breathing apparatus patent infringement claim; settled.
  • Seaquest, Inc. v. Johnson Outdoors, Inc., 2003 WL 23325804 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; buoyancy compensator vest patent infringement claim; case resolved after cross-motions for preliminary injunctions filed.
  • Oakley, Inc. v. Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc., 2000 WL 34445421 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for defendant; sunglass design patent infringement claim; settled.

Noteworthy Markman Proceedings

  • Shire, LLC, et al. v. Impax Laboratories, Inc., et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76453 (N.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Balboa Mfg., Inc., No. 09-CV-2274 H, Doc No. 111 (S.D. Cal 2012)
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc., v. Kombi, Inc., No. 10-CV-1217 H, Doc. No. 49 (S.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Gordini, Inc., No. 10-CV-0892 H, Doc. No. 44 (S.D. Cal., 2012)
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Cabelas, Inc., Case No. 09-CV-00102 H, Doc. No. 139 (S.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. BULA America, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist LEXIS 140317 (S.D. Cal. 2010).
  • Sanijet Corp. v. Lexor Intern., Inc., 2008 WL 1757820, 2008 (N.D. Tex. 2008).
  • Sofpool, Inc. v. Intex Recreation Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93057 (E.D. Tex. 2007).
  • Sorkin v. Amsysco, Inc., 2006 WL 6143147 (S.D. Tex. 2006).
  • Mingione v. U.S. Food Corp., 2004 WL 5676355 (S.D. Cal. 2004).
  • Mingione v. U.S. Food Corp., 2003 WL 25810278 (S.D.Cal. 2003).

False Marking and Antitrust Litigation

  • Patent Group LLC v. Glen Family, Inc., Case No. 10cv392 (E.D. Tex.); settled.
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories v. Cabelas, Inc., et al., No. 09cv102 (S.D. Cal.).
  • Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Bula America, et al., 08cv2234 (S.D. Cal.).
  • Troll Busters, LLC v. Roche Molecular Systems, et al., No. 11:cv00056 (S.D. Cal.).
  • Josephs v. Sigma Aldrich Corp., No. 10cv10660 (E.D. Mich.) (case transferred, client dismissed).

Trademark and Trade Dress Proceedings

  • Buffalo Wild Wings v. BWR McAllen, et al., No. 10-cv-01265 (S.D. Tex.), counsel for co-defendant in trademark and trade dress infringement claim involving Buffalo Wild Wings mark and restaurant layout/color scheme; settled.
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. Kira Plastinina Style, Ltd., counsel for plaintiff; trademark infringement claim; prel. injunction granted (read the court’s opinion granting the motion here), aff'd on appeal by the Ninth Circuit [2010 WL 358764 (9th Cir.)] (read the Ninth Circuit’s affirming memo here).
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co., 2009 WL 4273447 (C.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; trademark and trade dress infringement claim; settled.
  • Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. v. Bermo Enterprises, Inc., 2008 WL 2746404 (C.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; trademark infringement and dilution claim; preliminary injunction granted; settled.
  • World Triathlon Corp. v. Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club, 2007 WL 2252498 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; trademark infringement claim regarding mark “IRONMAN”; settled.
  • Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. v. PBC Services, Inc., 2007 WL 841664 (E.D. Ark.); Complaint dismissed after issuance of temporary restraining order; damages awarded by court to client on preliminary injunction bond

Copyright Infringement and Software Rights Litigation

  • Microsoft Corporation v. Worth, 2007 WL 4810041 (N.D. Tex.); counsel for defendant; copyright infringement claim; settled.
  • Software & Information Industry Association, v. Scott & Scott, LLP, 2008 WL 1880753 (N.D. Tex.); counsel for defendant; copyright infringement, license audit, trademark infringement and dilution claims; settled.
  • Clinisciences S.A. v. Zymed Laboratories, Inc., 2006 WL 432155 (N.D. Cal.); counsel for defendant; license agreement breach claim; settled.
  • America’s Car Mart, Inc. v. Business Software Alliance, 2005 WL 4000032 (W.D. Ark.), counsel for plaintiff; copyright infringement and license audit claims; settled.
  • Nelgo Mfg., Inc. v. AutoDesk, Inc., USDC (S.D. Cal.), counsel for plaintiff; copyright infringement and license audit claims; settled.
  • Hicks v. NYCA, 2003 WL 2385968 (S.D. Cal.); counsel for plaintiff; copyright infringement claim; settled.

APPELLATE MATTERS

Federal Appeals

Oral Arguments

United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit

  1. Appeal No. 2012-1558, Seirus Innovative Accessories, Inc. v. Balboa Mfg. Corp., Counsel for Appellant (Patent Infringement Case).
  2. Appeal No. 2014-1048, Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc., Counsel for Respondent (Patent Infringement Case).
  3. Appeal No. 2006-1519, Sorkin v. Amsysco, Inc., Counsel for Respondent (Patent Infringement Case).
  4. Appeal No. 01-1430, Mini Micro Stencil, Inc., v. Beam-On Technology, Inc., Counsel for Appellant (Patent Infringement Case).
  5. Appeal No. 03-1157-1246, Unique Functional Products, Inc., v. Mastercraft Boat Company, Inc. and Reliable Tool and Machine Co., Inc., Counsel for Respondent (Patent Infringement Case).
  6. Appeal No. 97-1278, Lee's Aquarium & Pet Products, Inc. v. Python Products, Inc., Counsel for Respondent (Patent Infringement Case).
  7. Miscellaneous No. 608, In Re Mini Micro Stencil, Inc., Counsel for Petitioner (Patent Infringement Case, Pet. for Writ of Mandamus).

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  1. Appeal No. 98-55902, Ricotta v. California, et al, Counsel for Respondent (Civil Rights Case).
  2. Appeal No. 00-55002, Osram Sylvania Products, Inc., et al, v. Wang's International, Inc., Pilot Automotive, Inc., Counsel for Appellant (Trade Dress Infringement Case).
  3. Appeal No. 98-55755, J. Murphey v. Lanier, et al., Counsel for Appellant (Fed. Telecommunications Act Case).

California Court of Appeals

  1. Appeal No. DO39631, People, v. Abdulhafeez, Counsel for Appellant.
  2. Appeal No. DO40070, People v. Burgueno, Counsel for Appellant.
  3. Appeal No. DO32 139, People v. Charles Peoples, Counsel for Appellant.
  4. Appeal No. DO29722, People v. Mancera, Counsel for Appellant.
  5. Appeal No. DO4 1703, People v. Sandoval, Counsel for Appellant.
  6. Appeal No. D030041, People v. Smith, Counsel for Appellant.
  7. Appeal No. DO42606, People v. Thomas, Counsel for Appellant.
  8. Appeal No. DO44997, Chavez v. Lopez, Counsel for Respondent (Contract Law Case).
  9. Appeal No. D044746, Svane v. Rysewyk, Counsel for Respondent (Unfair Business Practices Case).
  10. Appeal No. DO36624, Hodges, v. Reed, Counsel for Respondent (family law case, statutory construction case).
  11. Appeal No. DO34701, Hodges v. Reed, Counsel for Respondent (family law case).
  12. Appeal No. DO36252, Commercial Money Center, Inc. v. Hunt, Counsel for Respondent, (breach of commercial lease case).

Publications

Professional and Community Involvement

  • California Lawyers for Criminal Justice
  • American Chemical Society, Regular Member
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Section

Rankings and Recognition

  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer in San Diego by San Diego Magazine (2013, 2014 and 2015).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 2011-present
  • Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP
  • Managing Shareholder, Murphey & Murphey

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Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law,
    J.D.
  • University of California, San Diego,
    B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of California