Francis, Matthew D. - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Partner, Watson Rounds

In the areas of intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution, licensing and entertainment law, Matt Francis vigorously protects and defends valuable intellectual property rights. Matt litigates trademark, unfair competition, patent, copyright, and trade secret actions in courts throughout Nevada, and has litigated in numerous other jurisdictions as well. 

Matt has prosecuted hundreds of trademarks at the federal and state level, and has participated in many opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). He also assists clients in obtaining foreign trademark registrations, and handles trademark portfolios for large institutional clients. Matt has years of experience negotiating complex trademark, patent, and copyright licenses and entertainment contracts on behalf of musicians, authors, photographers and other artists. He has also assisted clients in numerous commercial disputes and contractual negotiations. 

Prior to joining Brownstein, Matt was a partner at Watson Rounds, a firm Brownstein acquired on September 1, 2015.

Previous Experience

Partner, Watson Rounds

Representative Matters
  • Represented Wynn Resorts against Resorts World in trade dress and copyright case involving world famous architectural design for Wynn properties. Case settled following TRO hearing.

  • Successfully upheld a jury verdict for damages and permanent injunctive relief obtained in the District of Nevada for trademark infringement and unfair competition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Obtained summary judgment in a patent infringement action in the District of Nevada after the District Court construed all disputed claims in his favor during Markman briefing and argument.

  • Obtained a judgment in excess of a $1,900,000 for a client in a commercial dispute in Nevada State Court, which included awards of attorneys’ fees, costs, interest, and injunctive relief.

  • Represented a Grammy Award winning artist in Lanham Act dispute.

  • Represented a Nevada-based musical group against an internationally-renowned musical performer in a Lanham Act dispute.

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and subsequent consent judgment against a trademark infringer on behalf of the Reno Air Racing Association during the 2013 Reno Air Races.

News & Events
Community

Board of Directors, High Fives Nonprofit Foundation

Pro Bono Counsel, Good Deed Hunting

Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 1998, University of Montana School of Law
  • B.A., 1993, with honors, University of Nevada, Reno
Admissions
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Recognition

Nevada Business Magazine Legal Elite, 2012

Membership

Washoe County Bar Association

American Inns of Court, Bruce R. Thompson Chapter: 2000-2003