Matthew E. Barnet, Ph.D., is a senior associate in the firm’s Chemical Patent Prosecution group, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution for domestic and international clients in a wide range of technical areas, including biotechnology, catalysis, chemical separation processes, cosmetics, dyes, glass products, imaging devices, light-emitting materials, metallurgy, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, plastics, polymers, and semiconductors.

Prior to joining the firm in 2011, Dr. Barnet completed his doctoral studies in biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. There he pioneered a method of time-lapse imaging live embryos during their early development, using confocal and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, and computationally tracking individual cells during the formation of embryonic organs.

Before graduate school, Dr. Barnet worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry. There he developed advanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processes, and supervised the troubleshooting of a wide range of dielectric and metal CVD processes in the manufacture of semiconductor devices.

Dr. Barnet’s undergraduate degree is in chemical engineering, also from the California Institute of Technology. 


  • George Mason University School of Law (J.D.)
  • California Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
  • California Institute of Technology (B.S.)
    • Chemical Engineering


  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Virginia