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Matt Braunel


St. Louis
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Matt is the vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group. Matt is looked to for his thorough understanding of his clients' business goals. He tailors his advice and strategies to each client's needs.

Matt litigates all forms of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets. Matt has also developed a brand protection practice that incorporates different forms of intellectual property to combat piracy and counterfeiting. He is a registered patent attorney who practices before the Federal District Courts, Federal Appeals Courts, International Trade Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Representing businesses and organizations of all sizes, Matt provides practical and cost-effective strategies to protect their valuable assets.

Matt was named Lawyer of the Year for Litigation – Patent in St. Louis in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings) and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America (by BL Rankings) for five consecutive years. Held in high regard by clients and peers, a client noted in Lexology Client Choice that, "Mr. Braunel is one of the top trademark practitioners not only in Missouri, but in the United States, and is a valuable asset to all corporate counsel."

Matt holds degrees in chemistry and mathematics, and completed graduate-level course work toward a doctoral degree in radiopharmaceutical chemistry before attending law school.

Matt serves on the Firm's Innovation Committee and is Chair of the AI Task Force.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Federal Circuit Overrules Rigid Test for Design Patent Obviousness

Bitcoin Miner and Lancium patent power showdown in Texas

Speeding into trouble: F1 racing takes legal action against counterfeit merch sellers

Financial institution’s mobile or digital wallet accused of infringing Liberty Peak Ventures’ patent rights

Subleasing and false advertising: How trademark law can help property managers

PACid sues major financial institution for patent infringement for user authentication technology

AuthWallet sues financial transaction industry for patent infringement

Supreme Court Upholds, but Narrows, Assignor Estoppel

UAV patent battles wage on

Delivering a false impression: Postmates faces unfair competition allegations

Controlling the airspace: Dogfight begins over defined airspace patents

In new litigation, Amazon takes a stronger stance on counterfeit products


Supreme Court Avoids Discovery Rule Fight in Copyright Lawsuit

Judge Rules AI-Generated Art Is Not Copyrightable

Substantial changes to trademark and copyright law tucked away in recent stimulus package

Amazon and U.S. IPR Center announce “Operation Fulfilled Action”


TC Rewind: 2013 - Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits

Building Brand Integrity and Countering Counterfeits


Quoted, "How Big St. Louis Law Firms Use Artificial Intelligence in Their Practices"
St. Louis Business Journal March 22, 2024

Quoted, "Rewriting The Rules: Do We Need A New Kind Of Licence To Solve GenAI’s Author Problem?"
World Intellectual Property Review, October 9, 2023

Quoted, "New PTAB Rule Could Lead To Rush Of Bids For Vidal's Eye"
Law360, July 28, 2023

Quoted, "New Tech, Same Laws? Navigating Trademark Protection in the Metaverse",
Law.com, August 9, 2022


Tom Polcyn and Matt Braunel Discuss GenAI Concerns for Human Authors

Thompson Coburn Collaborates with SkillBurst, A Generative AI Training Program

Matt Braunel Discusses New USPTO Rule Sparking Surge in Bids for PTAB Review with Law360

Congratulations to our 2022 Best Lawyers ‘Lawyers of the Year’ and ‘Ones to Watch’

Thompson Coburn again named best copyright firm in the nation

St. Louis CLE will explore intellectual property enforcement in China

Three partners named 2013 Up & Coming attorneys

More than 50 attorneys named to 2012 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Hall of Fame

Matt Braunel wins 2013 Lexology Client Choice Award

IT news site interviews Matt Braunel on patent infringement litigation