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Matthew J. Hlinka
+1 202 408 4333

901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4413

+1 202 408 4000
Fax +1 202 408 4400

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Georgia
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted in Georgia only; practicing under the supervision of the partners of the Washington, DC office of Finnegan


  • University of Kentucky College of Law
    J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
  • University of Kentucky
    B.S., Chemical Engineering, 2010

Matthew J. Hlinka


Matthew Hlinka focuses on prosecution, patent portfolio management, and patent litigation in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields. His practice also includes inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Hlinka worked as an instrumentation engineer for Ambitech Engineering, where he provided on-site construction field support and helped design a new polysilicate production plant.


  • Served as judicial intern to the Honorable Joseph M. Hood for the U.S. District Court, E.D. Kentucky, 2013.
  • Served as production editor on the Kentucky Law Journal, 2014-2015; and staff editor, 2013-2014.
  • Competed on University of Kentucky College of Law Moot Court National team.

Professional Activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2007-2012

Select Publications

  • Regular contributor to Finnegan's patent blog Prosecution First.
  • "Will Kentucky Fall Victim to the EPA's War on Coal? Examining the Commonwealth's Options Under the Newest Power Plant Emission Standards," Kentucky Law Journal Online, 2015.