Hello. My name is

Matt Buchanan.

I am a

Founding Partner

at Buchanan Nipper.

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About Me

I am a registered patent attorney and a founding partner at Buchanan Nipper. I’m passionate about helping innovators build business value around their intellectual assets. I think inventors are rock stars that should be viewed as role models for our children, ahead of athletes.

I work with individual inventors, start-up and early stage entities, as well as established businesses that apply a strategic approach to their intellectual property portfolio efforts.

I rarely wear a suit and tie and am most comfortable in jeans and khakis. I have an Office Manager, not a secretary. She manages my office; she doesn’t screen my calls. I’ve worked in high rise buildings overlooking Chicago and Washington, D.C., but prefer my 2nd floor office that overlooks Fifth Third Field in the Warehouse District of my hometown, Toledo, OH.

I rethought all traditional workflows when I started the firm. I kept a few that worked but dropped many others that just didn’t make sense. I set out to create a law firm culture that celebrates the inventor and that embraces efficiency and practicality. I feel successful in this regard, but continue to seek improvements every day. We can always do better.

I’ve been writing and prosecuting patent applications for more than fifteen years. I've developed an approach to the process that enables multiple professionals in our firm to efficiently collaborate on every application. This collaborative drafting model allows us to deliver sophisticated legal strategy at a cost that often surprises our clients.

On the personal side, I love baseball (Go Tribe!) and hockey (Let's go Red Wings!). My favorite author is Stephen King (ironically, his non-fiction On Writing is one of my favorite books). St. Pete Beach Florida is one of my favorite places in the world. I’m a Mac. Photography is a hobby and a creative outlet. I have two sons (both of whom are inventors) and two golden retrievers. My wife is my closest friend. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to ice cream.

Legal Experience

My legal career has focused exclusively on intellectual property matters. It has taken me from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, and eventually back to my hometown of Toledo, OH where I founded my own firm that became Buchanan Nipper.

2008 — present

Buchanan Nipper

Toledo, OH and Boise, ID

Founding Partner

2010 — present

University of Michigan College of Engineering

Center for Entrepreneurship

Ann Arbor, MI


2005 — 2008

Dunlap Codding

Oklahoma City, OK

Of Counsel

2004 — 2005

Fraser Martin Buchanan Miller

Toledo, OH

Founding Partner


Macmillan Sobanski & Todd

Toledo, OH


2000 — 2004

Brinks Hofer Gilsone & Lione

Chicago, IL



Hogan & Hartson

Washington, D.C.

Summer Associate


1996 — 2000

The University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

Juris Doctor (JD)

    Honors include
  • Dean’s list for academic excellence
  • Recipient of Dean’s Scholarship, 1998-1999
  • Law Review Note and Comment Editor, 1999-2000
  • Law Review Associate Member, 1998-1999
  • Law Review Comment published in the University of Toledo Law Review (see Publications)
    Book award
  • Patent Law
  • Advanced Patent Law
  • Copyright
  • Commercial Paper
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Jurisdiction
  • International Business Transactions
1992 — 1996

Medical College of Ohio

Toledo, OH

Master of Science (MS), Microbiology and Immunology

  • Concentration in microbiology with an emphasis on immunology
  • Thesis title: Influence of Interleukin-12 on Antibody Isotype Expression
  • Published five technical articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Research focused on cytokine manipulation of humoral immune responses
1998 — 1992

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Science (BS), Microbiology

  • President of undergraduate biological sciences honor society
  • Dean's list for academic excellence

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