Nicholas R. Mattingly

Nicholas R. Mattingly

Nicholas R. Mattingly is an associate at Mattingly & Malur, PC. He focuses on patent prosecution and patent portfolio development for startups and large companies, both foreign and domestic. He is experienced in handling patent matters in various technologies including networking, storage systems, mobile devices, biometric identification, cloud storage, digital rights management, digital and analog circuits, electron microscopy, solar cell technologies, particle therapy systems, wireless communications, construction machines, and other various mechanical technologies.

Before going to law school Mr. Mattingly worked as a registered patent agent for Mattingly & Malur. During law school he was a staff member on the University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal and served as a judicial intern with the Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr. on the Court of Appeals of Maryland.


Posts by Nicholas R. Mattingly


Functional Claiming of Computer-Implemented Inventions in View of Recent Decisions

The opinion focused on whether adequate structure corresponding to the “coordinating” function is disclosed in the specification. After determining that a special purpose computer is required to …
By Nicholas R. Mattingly
4 years ago 1

Avoiding Invocation of Functional Claim Language in Computer-Implemented Inventions

Functional claim language is increasingly being used by practitioners to capture the metes and bounds of an invention, especially in computer-implemented inventions. Sometimes using functional language in …
By Nicholas R. Mattingly
4 years ago 3

Prior User Rights: The Uncertainty Will Cost You

Section 273 uses language that is untested in the court system. Clarity with respect to statutory construction is especially important to those who wish to take advantage of …
By Nicholas R. Mattingly
8 years ago 2

Prior User Rights: Rewarding Those Who Don’t Contribute

Prior user rights also implicate free rider problems with respect to a subsequent patent that an inventor obtains covering the subject matter of the secret prior user. …

Prior User Rights and the Incentive to Keep Innovations Secret

However, if prior users are keeping their technology secret while being protected, that leap-frogging from one breakthrough to the next be impeded. Disclosure is the backbone of …