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Jim Matulis

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  • J.D., With Honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1995
    (Florida Law Review Editor-in-Chief 1995, Senior Executive Editor 1994)
  • B.S., Clemson University, Chemical Engineering, 1989


Lead counsel on numerous cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels in disputes involving alleged infringement of patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and wrongful registration of internet domain names. In addition, Mr. Matulis has successfully resolved numerous matters prior to either party filing a lawsuit. Mr. Matulis’s prior experience representing inventors before the United States Patent and Trademark Office provides invaluable insight in enforcing and defending against claims of patent infringement.


  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law, The Florida Bar
  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America® as "Lawyer of the Year" in Trademark Law for the Tampa Bay Area (2013) 
  • Selected to "The Best Lawyers in America® " in the specialty areas of Intellectual Property Law (2011, 2012, and 2013); Litigation - Intellectual Property (2013 and 2014); Trademark (2013 and 2013); and Copyright Law (2014)
  • Selected to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite for Interllectual Property, 2011
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, featuring selected Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the United States, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
  • Selected to "Tampa's Best Lawyers® 2010" in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law
  • Rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" by Martindale Hubbell
  • Rated 10.0 out of 10 by
  • Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee, 2009-2011
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association: Patent Litigation Committee; Trademark Litigation Committee; Contributing Author to Case Summary Updates, 2005
  • The Florida Bar: Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee; Computer Law Committee
  • Glen Terrell Inn of Court - 1997-1999
  • The C.H. Ferguson – M.E. White American Inn of Court - 1999-2000


  • Quoted in "Engineer Seeks $2 Million for BP Oil Spill Solutions," Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 2012
  • Author, "Patent Reform: What Passage of the America Invents Act Means," Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 2012
  • Guest Columnist, "Patent Reform Ideas Would Be Welcome in IP Heavy Bay Area Market," Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 2011
  • Author, "Attack of the Trolls 2 - Rise of the False Patent Marking Troll," Lawyer Magazine (November 2010)
  • Featured, "Law Certification Sends Clients a Signal: Expertise Practiced Here," Tampa Bay Business Journal, June 2010
  • Author, "The Real Cost to Your Client to Register Copyright in Their Website," Lawyer Magazine (August 2009)
  • Presenter, “Copyright Damages: or, How I Lost the Company to a Programmer, Photographer, Author,…”; Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting, West-Central Florida Chapter, 2008
  • Quoted in Inside Counsel Magazine, June 2008 article, “Workers Rights: Employees' Inventions May Lead to Patent Battles with Employers
  • Contributing Author, "The Journal," Update on Commercial Litigation Case Law, The Florida Bar Association Business Law Section, 2008
  • Author, "A Step by-Step Look at the Patent Litigation Process," Inside the Minds Series of Books for C-level Professionals, hardback published by Aspatore Books, 2007
  • Contributing Author, "Annual Trademark Law Update," American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2005
  • Author, "Pre-Grant Publications of Patent Applications," The Lawyer, 2003
  • Author, "Intellectual Property Alert - New Domain Name Registration Opportunities Are Coming," The Lawyer, 2001
  • Author, "Having Your Cake and Eating It Too," 16 Trial Advocate Quarterly Winter 1997 (Winner “Best Article 1996-1997” Award)


  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office