Zisk, Matthew

Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Matthew B. Zisk is counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology department in the New York office of Skadden, Arps. He is a transactional patent attorney repre-senting clients on a full range of intellectual property matters, with a focus on tech¬nology-intensive transactions. He has extensive experience in evaluating intellectual property assets, counseling, structuring, negotiating, and implementing acquisitions, licensing and collaboration agreements in the pharmaceutical, biotech, energy and chemical industries. His work includes global and domestic license agreements, co- development agreements, supply agreements, co-promotion/co-marketing agree¬ments, strategic alliance agreements and IP-intensive mergers and acquisitions.
Dr. Zisk also performs intellectual property diligence and evaluations of technologies in the renewable energy, pharmaceutical, biotech and related fields, including coal gasification, biofuels and other biomass conversion, thermal and photovoltaic solar systems, new building materials and next-generation fertilizers.
Dr. Zisk brings multiple perspectives to bear in representing his clients. He has worked both as outside counsel to small, medium and large companies and as senior in-house counsel at a Fortune 50 pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products company. He is trained both as a lawyer and as a scientist and is conversant in both the legal and scientific aspects of his clients’ matters. In addition to his train¬ing as a chemist, Dr. Zisk has extensive experience working with computer software and instrumentation, beginning as one of the first LOGO programmers, and subse¬quently on FORTRAN IV, BASIC, FORTRAN 77, C, C++ and the MS Visual pro¬gramming languages. He has designed and implemented DAQ and control systems for chemical instrumentation, including for a nanosecond laser flash system and for electrochemical instrumentation, served as a departmental network manager, and has taught advanced instrumentation courses.
In addition to his transactional work, Dr. Zisk has significant experience in many other types of patent- and IP-related matters. These matters include investigating and rendering freedom-to-operate, validity and patentability opinions; litigating patent and trade secret matters in federal court in the United States and Canada and before the United States International Trade Commission; patent drafting; conduct¬ing prosecution and interference practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and counseling clients on patent and other IP strategic issues.