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Matthew Yospin ’09

Matthew M. Yospin is a patent and intellectual property attorney in private practice in Boston and focuses his practice on helping businesses protect their innovations and grow their brands with patent and trademark strategies. He lectures regularly on intellectual property issues, as well as on legal technology and law practice management. In March he spoke at the Global IP Exchange Europe in Berlin, Germany, about intangible assets and social media data; and in April spoke on three panels at the IPQuorum 2019 in Svetlogorsk, Russia. He is co-chair of the Solo Practitioner and Small Firm Subcommittee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and serves on the steering committee of the Boston Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section. (To read his latest blog or subscribe to his monthly email newsletter, visit


Motivation: Yospin transitioned from computer software consulting to IP law to work more directly with people and help them with a broader range of business and strategy challenges. Four Must-Have Qualities to Start a Practice: (1) Be detail-oriented and have a system for tracking lots of different information; (2) be honest as you conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, revisit it, and act on it; (3) keep learning; and (4) track your time, assess your own performance, and regularly consider what makes sense to delegate. Most Interesting Innovation Worked On: “One that I think every law student could appreciate: an alarm clock that is very difficult to deactivate! No more hitting snooze and missing an 8 a.m. class.”