"Marty is incredibly responsive and practical, and he is a tough litigator. He has the ability to see more than one path forward.”
- Rothwell Figg Client Survey
Martin M. Zoltick
Martin M. Zoltick is a technology lawyer with more than 30 years of experience representing inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors. Marty has a degree in computer science and, prior to attending law school, he worked for several years as a software developer and engineer. His formal training in computer science and technical experience as a practicing software developer and engineer has enabled him to handle complex software-related legal matters successfully in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Marty’s practice is focused primarily on intellectual property (IP) matters, transactions, and privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. He is a registered patent attorney, and a substantial part of his practice involves drafting and prosecuting patent applications and, along with that, developing with his clients IP strategic plans designed to maximize value and satisfy both legal and business objectives. Marty also has significant experience handling contested cases and disputes on behalf of his clients. He regularly serves as trial counsel in major patent disputes in the U.S. federal district courts and as lead counsel in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
The majority of IP matters that Marty has handled over the past 30 years involve software technologies, including operating systems, networking, telecommunications, client/server, P2P, real-time systems, virtual networking, software defined networks, IOT, user interfaces, image analysis, visualization, streaming audio/video, personalization, data analytics, business analytics, data warehousing, data mining, big data, artificial intelligence, decision-making, deep learning, machine learning, neural networks, blockchain, quantum computing, mobile apps, gaming, MMORPGs, social networking, information systems, business methods, electronic mail, e-commerce, e-learning, and more. He has developed a particular expertise with handling the legal aspects of open source software (OSS), including licensing, due diligence, compliance programs, and IP protection.
Marty regularly works with early-stage, emerging, middle market, and mature companies, and with venture firms. For years, Marty has advised tech startups on developing IP strategies and implementing those strategies to secure IP rights, building a portfolio of IP assets, and monetizing those assets through strategic investments, licensing, enforcement, and acquisition.
Marty also has significant experience handling transactional matters, including drafting, negotiation, due diligence, and enforcement involving licensing, strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, financing, and reseller, OEM, ISV, technology development, consulting, and employment agreements. Representative transactional matters he has handled involve Fortune 500, middle market, and early stage companies.
A Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States (CIPP/US), he also helps clients understand and navigate the rapidly evolving area of privacy and data protection law. He is working with clients to prepare, integrate, and implement best practices for CCPA, other state’s laws, and GDPR compliance. With his technical background and expertise, he is uniquely positioned to work with IT and technical teams to understand potential exposure and minimize the risks of a breach. Marty is currently providing thought leadership on the application of data protection laws and industry/technology-specific data privacy and security considerations for IoT devices, biometric data, and in outer space.
Marty is a competitive Masters swimmer and regularly competes in U.S. Masters Swimming Meets, as well as competing in open water swims in the U.S. and abroad.
Proceedings Before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board
Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC and LG Sourcing, Inc. v. Nichia Corporation, Cases IPR2017-02011 & -02014, IPR2018-00601 & -00699
Vizio, Inc. v. Nichia Corp., Cases IPR2017-01608 & -01623, IPR2018-00386, -00437, & -00893
Stingray Digital Group, Inc. v. Music Choice, Cases IPR2017-00888, -01191, -01192, -01193, -01450, & IPR2018-00114
BigCommerce, Inc. v. Express Mobile, Inc., Case IPR2018-00750
Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corporation v. LG Electronics, Incorporated, Cases IPR2014-00204 & -00205
Facebook, Inc., LinkedIn Corp., and Twitter, Inc. v. Software Rights Archive, LLC, Cases IPR2013-00478, -00479, -00480, & -00481
SAP America, Inc. and SAP AG v. Versata Development Group, Inc., Case CBM2013-00042
Volusion, Inc. v. Versata Software, Inc. and Versata Development Group, Inc., Cases CBM2013-00017 & -00018
SAP America, Inc. et al. v. Versata Development Group, Inc., Case CBM2012-00001
Johnson v. Ryan, Interference No. 105,522
Cording v. Richardson et al., Interference No. 105,224
Uddenfeldt v. Sainton, et al., Interference No. 105,076
Christ et al. v. Blake, Interference No. 103,434 and No. 103,435
Kawaguchi V. Kelly et al., Interference No. 103,063
Davidson et al. v. Cannon v. Goodman v. Buckley et al., Interference No. 102,872
English et al. v. Toedter, Interference No. 102,473
Federal District Court
Finite State Machine Labs, Inc. v. Spectracom Corporation et al, No. 1:17-cv-01040 (W.D. TX)
Nutrition Distribution LLC v. Nexxt Level Nutrition LLC et al, No. 2:17-cv-01870 (D. AZ)
Nichia Corporation v. Vizio, Inc., No. 8:18-cv-362-AG-KES (C.D. CA)
Nichia v. Feit Electric Company, Inc., No. 2:18-cv-01390 (C.D. CA)
Nichia Corporation v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC et al, No. 2:16-CV-01455 (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC et al, No. 2:16-CV-00613-JRG (E.D. TX)
Music Choice v. Stingray Digital Group Inc., No. 2:16-cv-00586 (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. Vizio, Inc., No. 2:16-cv-01453-JRG (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited et al, No. 2:16-cv-01452-JRG (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited et al, No. 2:16-cv-00875-JRG (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. Feit Electric Company, Inc., No. 2:16-cv-01454 (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. Vizio, Inc., No. 2:16-cv-00246 (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corporation v. Mary Elle Fashions, Inc. d/b/a Meridian Electric, No. 2:16-cv-00615 (E.D. TX)
Music Choice v. Stingray Digital Group Inc., No. 2:16-cv-00876 (E.D. TX)
Nichia Corp. v. Everlight Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., Everlight Americas, Inc., Zenaro Lighting, Inc., & Zitroz Llc, C.A. No. 2:13-cv-702 JRG (E.D. TX)
National Cheng Chung Univ. v. Nichia Corp & Nichia Am. Corp., No. 13-cv-467 (E.D. TX
Music Choice v. Viacom Int’l, Inc. & MTV Networks, No. 08-cv-130 (D. DEL)
Armacell Enterprise Gmbh & Armacell United States Holdings, Inc. v. K-flex USA, LLC & L’Isolante K-flex Srl, No. 09-cv-102 (E.D. NC)
AFGD, Inc. v. Tristar Glass, Inc., Kely Ransom, Paul Sullivan, John D. Williams, Lora Cloyd, Blake Neafus, and Kevin Livingston, Case No. 05 CV 300T CK-PJC, N.D. OK.
NetRatings, Inc. v. Visual Sciences, LLC, Civil Action No. 2:05-CV-349, E.D. VA.
Guardian Industries Corp., et al. v. AFG Industries, Inc., Case No. 03-73722, E.D. Mi.
Merck and Company, Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civil Action No. 03-CV-1953 (NRW), S.D. N.Y.
NaPro BioTherapeutics, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories v. Mylan Laboratories, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 01-CV-1048, W.D. Pa.
Abbott Laboratories v. City of Hope, Civil Action No. 00 C7970, N.D. Ill.
Victor Yodaiken and Finite State Machine Labs, Inc. v. Lineo, Inc., C.A. No. 01417, D.Del.
Techsearch, LLC v. ESchool.com, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. H-01-126, S.D. Tx.
Dr. Bradley S. Fordham v. Onesoft Corporation, et al., Civil Action No. 00-1078-A, E.D. Va.
Inline Software Corporation v.Tendril Software Inc., C.A. No. 00-213, D. Del.
General Signal Power Systems, Inc. v. American Power Conversion Corp., Civil Action No. 99-C-0510-S, W.D. Wis.
Chantal Cookware Corp. v. Vitrex Gourmet Corp., et al., Civil Action No. H-97-3978, S.D. Tx.
Hockerson-Halberstadt, Inc. v. Nike, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 91-1720, E.D. La.
Neles-Jamesbury, Inc. v. Fisher Controls International, Inc. and Fisher Service Company, C.A. No. 94-40200-NMG, D. Mass.
Catalina Marketing International, Inc. v. Credit Verification Corporation, Civil Action No. 98-4135-SAC, D. Kan.
Credit Verification Corporation v. Catalina Marketing International, Inc. and Catalina Marketing Corporation, Civil Action No. 198-CV-1072C, N.D. Tx.
Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation v. AEG Elektrofotografie Gmbh, Civil Action No. 2:98cv483, E.D. Va.
Relume Corporation v. Dialight Corporation, et al., Civil Action No.98-72360, E.D. Mi.
Foam Innovations, Inc. v. Truly Nolan of America, No. CV-95-8857 JGD (RNBx), C.D. Calif.
Glaxo Wellcome, Inc., et al. v. Geneva Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 94-1921 and 94-4589 (NHP), D. N.J.
In Re Recombinant DNA Technology Patent and Contract Litigation, MDL Docket No. 912, and The Regents of the University Of California v. Eli Lilly and Company, Civil Action No. IP-92-224-C, S.D. Ind.
Personal Computer Peripherals Corp. v. Arcada Software, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 95-301-SLR, D.Del.
Interchem Corporation and Orion Corporation Fermion v. Marion Merrell Dow Inc. and Tanabe Seiyaku Co., Ltd., Civil Action No. 93-427 (DRD), D. N.J.
Scitex America Corp. and Printing Technologies Associates, Inc. v. Aldus Corporation and V.I.P. Systems, Inc., Civil Action No. 94-214-A, E.D. Va.
Kuhn, S.A. v. Allied Products Corporation, Civil Action No. 3:91-CV-7098, N.D. Oh.
PPG Industries, Inc. v. AFG Industries, Inc. and Gemtron Corporation, Civil Action No. IP92-1401 C, S.D. Ind.
Minilec Services, Inc., Richard J. Helferich, and Martin A. Schwartz v. Motorola, Inc., Court of Chancery, State of Delaware in and for New Castle County, C.A. 19958
Section 337 Actions
In The Matter Of Certain Laser Imageable Lithographic Printing Plates, Investigation No. 337-TA-636
In The Matter Of Certain Organic Photoconductor Drums And Products Containing The Same, Investigation No. 337-TA-411
In The Matter Of Certain Salinomycin Biomass And Preparations Containing Same, Investigation No.: 337-TA-370
In The Matter of Certain Diltiazem Hydrochloride and Diltiazem Preparations, Investigation No.337-TA-349
AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc. v. Guardian Industries Corp., Case No. 51 125 00285 10
AutoBid Systems, Inc. v. Next Tier Concepts, Inc., Case No. 16 117 00667 06
AFG Industries, Inc. v. TruSeal Technologies, Case No. 30 181 00571 02
Fitness MX.com Inc. v. Unibex, Inc., Case No. 16 117 00444 01
Vivus, Inc. v. AndroSolutions, Inc., Case No. 51 E 161 00437 00
Areas of Concentration
- Federal District Court
- International Trade Commission
Publications & Presentations
Lexology webinar, "IP protection strategies for AI: keep them secret or go for the patent?" (March 2021).
IEEE Radio & Wireless Week Internet of Things (IoT) Vertical and Topical Summit, Presenter, "Feeling Insecure? What the IoT Community Needs to Know to Navigate the Evolving Legal and Regulatory Landscape Requiring 'Reasonable Security' Features for IoT and Connected Devices" (January 2021).
Lexology Webinar, "Employee privacy and security considerations in the age of COVID-19" (September 2020).
American Bar Association (ABA) Webinar Sponsored by the Section of Science & Technology Law, Panelist, "Connected Healthcare - Navigating the Patchwork of US Privacy Laws and Developing a Platform that Promotes Trust" (September 2020).
Standards for IoT Week at IEEE Virtual World Forum on Internet of Things (WFIoT), Presenter, “Legal and Regulatory Framework: Internet of Things and AI-Enabled Technologies” (August 2020).
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Technology Advisory Council Working Group on Artificial Intelligence and Computing, Presenter, “Legal and Regulatory Considerations: Application of Artificial Intelligence to Telecommunications and the FCC” (July 2020).
Zoltick, M. and Colgate, J., Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity: A State-Law Analysis, International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Data Protection 2020 (July 2020).
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) "Back to Work" Virtual Roundtable, Presenter and Panelist, "Employee and Customer Health Data: Back to Work in the Age of COVID-19" (June 2020).
Internet of Things (IoT) Day Slam 2020, Panelist, “Managing the Hidden Imperatives of IoT: Software and Application Quality, Teamwork, and Legal Compliance" (April 2020).
Internet of Things (IoT) Day Slam 2020, Presenter, “Evolving Legal Landscape: Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity for IoT, Big Data, and AI-Enabled Technologies” (April 2020).
Licensing Executives Society Japan (LES Japan) Monthly Seminar, Presenter, “The Evolving Legal Landscape: Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity” (November 2019).
Zoltick, M. and Colgate, J., The Application of Data Protection Laws in (Outer) Space, International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Data Protection 2019 (July 2019).
IEEE Radio & Wireless Week The Internet of Things Meets the Internet of Space Summit, Presenter, "IoT and IoS Technologies and the Evolving Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Legal Landscape: “Danger, Will Robinson!” (January 2019).
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) International Committee Event, Presenter and Panelist, "Complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) - What Companies Need to Know" (November 2018).
Zoltick, M. and Parker, R., Are US patents losing value? A practitioner's perspective, IAM: Japanese (September 2018).
Zoltick, M. and Maisel, J., Data privacy and
Zoltick, M. and Rawls, M., The evolving cryptocurrency patent landscape: who is winning the race?, Financier Worldwide (March 2018).
Intellectual Asset Management Issue 83 Co-published feature, Five years of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Interviewee (May/June 2017).
Intellectual Asset Management Issue 76 Co-published feature, A closer look at the PTAB’s new post-issuance review procedures, Interviewee (March/April 2016).
Bloomberg BNA and the International Intellectual Property Institute AIA Post-Grant Patent Practice Conference, Participant in Mock Inter Partes Review Proceeding (February 19-20, 2014).
2013 International Series, Korea-US IP Judicial Conference Program, Panel Member, Recent IP Related Legislation (October 2013).
Japan Intellectual Property Association, Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), Working Committee Participant (March 2012).
District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, Faculty Member, "Software Patent Primer: Acquisition, Exploitation, Enforcement, and Defense" (August 2004-2009).
The 2001 Intellectual Property Conference, Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, Invited Speaker, "Counseling Clients on Licensing and Marketing IP" (May 2001).
Georgetown University, Graduate School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Invited Lecturer (Spring Semester 2000).
Zoltick, M. and Orange, D., "On the Open-Source Frontier," Legal Times (October 2006).
District of Columbia Bar Continuing Legal Education Program, "Software Patent Primer: Acquisition, Exploitation, Enforcement, and Defense," August 2004 and August 2005.
"Like It or Not -- E-Patents Are For Real", Internet Law Update (Fall 1999).
Zoltick, M. & Green, P., "Calculating Damages the Rite Way: Applying the Federal Circuit's Decision in Rite-Hite Corp. v. Kelley Co., Inc.", Intellectual Property Today (July 1997).
Zoltick, M. & Green, P., "Calculating Damages the Rite Way: Applying the Federal Circuit's Decision in Rite-Hite Corp. v. Kelley Co., Inc. (Japanese Language)", International Legal Strategy, Vol. V-12 (December 1996).
Professional Affiliations, Honors & Recognition
Certified Information Privacy Professional in the United States (CIPP/US)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2013-2021)
IAM Patent 1000 for the DC Metro Area and National (2014-2021)
IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) (2014-2020)
Member of the Ad Hoc Legal Counselors Committee
Member of the Global Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals (2006-2007)
Director of The National Council of Northeastern University (inducted Spring 2004)
American Jurisprudence Award for Federal Civil Practice and Procedure (1988-89)