Matthew Dresden, Attorney
Matthew advises a wide range of businesses on their corporate and transactional matters, with an emphasis on media and entertainment, international intellectual property, and cross-border work. Matthew provides finance, development, production, and distribution legal services for filmmakers and other creative artists, and has worked on behalf of film studios, cable channels, production companies, video game developers, magazines, restaurants, wineries, international design firms, product manufacturers, outsourcing companies, and computer hardware and software companies. Matthew is widely viewed as an expert in Chinese intellectual property law, and is regularly quoted in publications from the New York Times to The Economist to Variety.
Before attending law school, Matthew worked in Hollywood for eight years as an independent filmmaker, starting as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. Before that, he was a computer science graduate student at Stanford University. He has also worked as a journalist, a transportation planner, a food critic, and a website designer.
Matthew serves on the board of Northwest Film Forum and is currently District 7N Governor for the Washington State Bar Association. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches a clinic on legal issues for independent filmmakers. Previously, he served for 8 years on the board of the Washington State Bar Association’s International Practice Section, including a term as chair.
Matthew was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He spends his free time watching movies, hiking, cooking spicy food, and relaxing with his wife and daughter.
More About Matthew
A Primer on Advising Directors and Officers on Corporate Governance, National Business Institute CLE, Seattle, WA, April 27, 2017.
New U.S. Visa Rules Prompt Scrutiny of CCP Members, Lawfare, December 11, 2020.
Lack of Local Content May Leave Door Open for More Hollywood Fare in China, Variety, January 30, 2019
Apple vs Qualcomm: How can one US company block another in China? CNBC, December 11, 2018
Why China’s sales ban of Apple iPhones isn’t as bad as it sounds, Yahoo Finance, December 10, 2018.
Samsung’s Supreme Collaboration in China is with a ‘Counterfeit Organization,’ Supreme Says, Quartzy, December 10, 2018.
Cybersquatters have taken advantage of BigLaw mergers to beat those firms to the trademark registry in China, ABA Journal, November 2018
Asura’: Fate of China’s Biggest Flop Remains a Mystery, Variety, August 1, 2018.
Huayi Bros.’ Dennis Wang Makes Reassurances, Promises Stock Purchases, Variety, June 18, 2018.
Western companies are getting creative with their Chinese names, The Economist, December 7, 2017.
China’s Media, Entertainment Controls May Not Ease After National Party Congress, Variety, September 28, 2017.
China overturns rejections of 9 Trump trademarks, Associated Press, June 14, 2017.
China lawyers play down suspicions over Trump trademarks, Financial Times, March 9, 2017.
China says it followed law in approving 38 Trump trademarks, Associated Press, March 9, 2017.
In China, Trump Wins a Trove of New Trademarks, The New York Times, March 8, 2017.
The day of Trump toilets and condoms in China may have just ended. Here’s why that’s controversial, Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2017.
China grants Trump a trademark he’s been seeking for a decade, CNN, February 17, 2017.
Trump’s China trademark victory raises concern among ethics experts, Marketplace, February 16, 2017.
With Trump’s win in China, will Trump toilets get flushed? Associated Press, February 14, 2017.
Taobao back on US fake blacklist, China Daily, December 23, 2016.
Michael Jordan Wins Rights to His Chinese Name in Court, Bloomberg News, December 7, 2016.
Trump’s Trademark Case in China and Future US-China Trade Relations, Voice of America, December 6, 2016.
In China, Toilets Have Trump’s Name Without His Permission, The New York Times, November 15, 2016.
Apple Case Underscores Pitfalls of Doing Business in China, The New York Times, May 18, 2016.
Big Brands Like Michael Jordan Are Still Losing Trademark Battles in China; Here’s How to Win, Advertising Age, August 5, 2015.
Regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog.
Co-author, Top Law Review Articles that Practitioners and Judges Should Know About, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2007.
Co-author, Some Do’s and Don’ts in the Practice of Bankruptcy, University of Texas CLE, Third Annual Consumer Bankruptcy Practice, 2007.
Must a Bridge Be Beautiful Too? Access Magazine No. 28, 2006.
Julie Roque Fellowship for Environmental Justice
Hildebrand Fellowship, UCLA Canadian Studies Program
KhattarWong Corporate Governance Prize
Chief Managing Editor, Asian Pacific American Law Journal
Governor, District 7N, Washington State Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association
King County Bar Association
“Don’t Be Like Mike: Register Trademarks in CHINESE,” China Law Blog, August 9, 2015.
“Not So Fast, Fashionistas: China Trademark Registration Is Still Required,” China Law Blog, July 17, 2015.
“Don’t Sleep on Your China Trademark,” China Law Blog, May 4, 2015.
“China Arbitration: Second Thoughts on Clarity,” China Law Blog, February 18, 2015.
“China Payment Terms: Some Tricks Of The Trade,” China Law Blog, January 28, 2015.
“China Trademarks: Like a Box of Chocolates,” China Law Blog, August 25, 2014.
“China Contracts and the Unknown Counterparty,” China Law Blog, August 19, 2014.
“China IP: The Video Game?” China Law Blog, August 3, 2014.
“China’s New Trademark Law And The Law Of Unintended Consequences,” China Law Blog, June 2, 2014.
“China Trademarks. Register Them In China Not Madrid,” China Law Blog, April 14, 2014.
“China Design Patents. Because They Work,” China Law Blog, April 13, 2014.
“Big Four in the Wasteland. No More Chinese Companies for You,” China Law Blog, January 24, 2014.
“Will the Real CIETAC Please Stand Up?,” China Law Blog, May 21, 2013.
“Register Your China Trademark Now. Then Register It Again With Customs,” China Law Blog, April 9, 2013.
“China Trademarks And Your Logo,” China Law Blog, September 30, 2012.
“Leasing Space In China For A Creative Industry WFOE – Renter Beware,” China Law Blog, September 3, 2012.
“Batman vs. Spider-Man vs. China Film Group,” China Law Blog, July 22, 2012.
“Going To School On How To Build A China Business Relationship,” China Law Blog, November 18, 2011.
- Stanford University (B.A.)
- University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (J.D.)
- University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs (M.A.)
- New York University School of Law (LL.M., Law and the Global Economy)
- National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (LL.M., International and Comparative Law)
Bar & Court Admissions
- Thai (Conversational)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Jeff Bohm, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Vanessa D. Gilmore, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas