Place of Employment: Goldberg Segalla
Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Patent Prosecution
Admission Year: 2016
CBA Involvement: YLS Project Officer; Co-Chair of the YLS Intellectual Property Committee; Former Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Blog Steering Committee; Euphonium and Tuba player in the Barrister’s Big Band and CBA Symphony Orchestra (“CBASO”)
A Paragraph Describing Your Professional Background: Kenneth “Kenny” Matuszewski is a registered patent attorney with a background across a broad range of areas, including life sciences, software, electrical, and mechanical technologies. His practice focuses on complex and high-value intellectual property litigation in various federal district courts and before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Kenny leverages his experience working with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage startups to obtain favorable outcomes during litigation and while drafting and prosecuting patent applications. He draws on a background handling patents involving gaming technologies, cancer treatments, blockchain, hygiene products, medical devices, microphones, drones, gene therapies, pollution control technologies, and power tools.
A firm believer that learning is a lifelong process, Kenny graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University in December 2019. Previously, he double-majored in Biological Sciences and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has also received all four of the YLS’ awards, including the Rising Star Award for Leaders with Exceptional Promise in 2019, both the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service: Intellectual Property and the Impact Award for Leaders with Substantial Impact on the Section in 2020, and the Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership for the Racial Justice Coalition in 2021. He currently serves as the YLS’ Member Services Manager and is a previous Editor-in-Chief of the blog.
A Paragraph Describing Your Interests When You Aren’t Billing or Blogging: When Kenny isn’t working or cheering on Notre Dame sports teams, he is often found rehearsing a piece for an upcoming concert on his euphonium or tuba. During the Christmas season, he can be found among hundreds of Chicagoland tuba players every year at Tuba Christmas. Finally, Kenny has never met a pizza he didn’t like, whether tavern-style or deep dish.
Best Thing About Being a Lawyer: As a lawyer, I am privileged to not only help my clients with their problems but also learn from them. Specifically, through my career in patent law, I have studied technologies ranging from video games to drones. I have always had a deep respect and love for innovation and the scientific process. Practicing patent law allows me to relieve innovators’ worries about the law and help them focus on what they do best: invent.
One unexpected benefit of being a lawyer is that you may be able to achieve some of your other childhood dreams. Growing up, my band class would go to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for field trips and I would daydream about playing on that stage. Twenty years later, I was able to do just that with the CBASO. I will never forget the thrill of stepping onto that stage and the chills I felt upon hearing the final chords of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. It will always be a highlight of both my legal career and my life.