Our Team

Matthew O. Rykels

Matt Rykels focuses his practice on patent prosecution, and support for pre-suit investigations/patent litigation.  Mr. Rykels’ prosecution experience includes evaluating inventions for patentability, preparing applications, and responding to office actions.  Mr. Rykels’ litigation experience includes performing patent and claim analysis, preparing motions and evidence, conducting prior art searches, and representing clients before local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.  Mr. Rykels has a background in the biological sciences and experience working with medical device, mechanical, electrochemical, and biotechnology patents.

Mr. Rykels received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon in 2008 where he was a Conservation Trust Project Fellow (2006-2008) and an extern for the honorable Jack Billings in the Lane County Circuit Court (Spring 2008).  He received his B.A. in Biology and Economics from Willamette University in 2003.  Prior to joining Haverstock & Owens LLP, Mr. Rykels was an intern with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and a Law Clerk/Regulatory Counsel for HaloSource, Inc.

Mr. Rykels is admitted to practice in California and Washington State.


Law and motion practice in patent infringement dispute.

Prosecution of patents for university research laboratory related to optical ion sensors. 

Prosecution of patents for client relating to bone fusion device.   

Represented clean water and anti-microbial technology company in negotiations for product registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Represented landowners in negotiations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for modification of national floodplain regulations.

Represented landowners before the Pollution Control hearing board in a challenge to permit conditions for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) for the state of Washington.

Represented the City of Seattle in Community Court Proceedings, preparing and recommending plea agreements, judgments, and sentences.