||Timothy C. Matson
||Tim Matson is an experienced and skilled transactional lawyer, litigator and intellectual property attorney with over 18 years of experience representing musicians, filmmakers, media talent, writers, visual artists and other creators of artistic works in all aspects of their entertainment careers. Tim also represents emerging and mid-sized businesses as they develop, market and distribute creative content and technology, such as computer software, video games, and on-line products and services. With this combination of practices, Tim brings a big picture perspective, yet a practical approach, to providing effective solutions for entertainment and business clients, whether at the deal-making stage or in litigation.
On the deal-making side, Tim has handled all aspects of major publishing, recording, licensing and other agreements in the entertainment industries, as well as IP components of business acquisitions and asset transfers involving patented technologies, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. With respect to litigation, Tim has handled cases and arbitrations involving copyright, trademark, right of publicity and business contract disputes. Recent examples include: a trademark infringement action brought in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin; a successful defense of a signed recording artist in a band break-up case Tim tried to a jury in Minnesota State court; the successful prosecution of breach of contract, copyright, trademark and right of publicity claims against an independent record label in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the successful defense of a Minnesota Distributor of home computer software products against claims of $21.5 million for copyright infringement brought by an Irish publisher of software products.
Tim is a shareholder and member of Lommen Abdo’s Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property & Information Technology, Litigation and Corporate Law practice groups. Tim is also an active member of the national and state bar associations. He served as Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Arts & Entertainment Law Section from 2003 to 2004. Tim is also a frequent lecturer and author on entertainment and IP issues. Tim has twice been listed as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest competency).
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U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1993
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2011
||"Ask Upsize" on the importance of intellectual property, Upsize Minnesota, January, 2012
"Estate Planning for the Entertainer or Athlete," Entertainment and Sports Lawyer (a publication of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries), Vol. 29, Number 2, Summer 2011
"Get a Legal Physical for Intangible Assets," Upsize Minnesota Magazine, June/July 2008
|Classes or Lectures
||“The Cases that Define the Future,” South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas, 2013
"Statutory Termination of Copyright Transfers Under the U.S. Copyright Act as Applicable to Sound Recordings," American Bar Association, 2012
"Termination of Transfers of Copyright and Other Capital Ideas," South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas, 2012
"Copyright Termination: Who Owns Our Favorite Songs and Characters?," Harvard Law School, 2011 HLS Entertainment Symposium on The Democratization of Entertainment, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2011
"An Intellectual Property Check-Up of Music Products and Services," South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas, 2009
"Working with Developing Bands: Agreements, IP Protection, Shopping," South by Southwest Music Conference, Austin, Texas, 2006
William Mitchell College of Law, Guest Lecturer on Entertainment Law
Hamline University School of Law, Guest Lecturer on Entertainment Law
McNally Smith College of Music, Adjunct Faculty, 1996 - 1998
Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
||American Bar Association, Entertainment Forum
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Minnesota State Bar Association, Arts & Entertainment Law Section, Chair, 2003 - 2004
|Areas of Practice
Information Technology Law
Intellectual Property Litigation