About Us

"I'm sending new work to Charter IP because I know I'll get solid service at an attractive price point." -- Mid-size Brake Products Company, Ohio.

Charter IP was founded on a principle of providing high quality intellectual property legal services in a timely and customized manner.  We possess the combination of legal and technical experience to deliver these services to our trusted partner—you.

Our technical expertise ensures that we understand your technology, whether it be the subject of a patent, trademark or copyright. Our legal experience ensures that your inventions, copyrightable works, and trademarks become valuable intellectual property.

Charter IP is committed to assist you in protecting your intellectual property and has developed affiliated relationships with both domestic and foreign litigation attorneys to enforce your intellectual property rights.  Should disputes arise, we can assist you in preparing patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition and/or cyber-squatting actions before U.S. courts, foreign courts, or other judicial agencies, including proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The Problem
Many clients of large IP firms desire world-class legal service, but are averse to paying more than half of their hourly rate as overhead to other firm equity partners who perform little to no work on behalf of the client.  The bulk of the value-added service is performed by administrative assistants, paralegals, and attorneys who have excellent experience and ability but are junior in rank to the firm’s controlling equity partners.  In some cases, clients may pay more than twice what they should.

The Solution
Charter IP removes this overhead burden to pass a percentage of the savings to its clientele, while retaining the value-added service.  With no subsidies to senior management, reduced costs through efficiency and economies of scale, Charter IP can operate with minimal waste.  Thus, we can provide the sophisticated capabilities and expertise our clients deserve at an extremely competitive rate.  The reduced overhead enables us to substantially lower our fees; we do not need to charge the large firm fees that pay for expensive downtown surroundings or enable senior partners to continue the life style they have grown accustomed to.

Freedom to innovate
Unlike conventional, more conservative larger firms where partner consensus is often required before any action, we can act very quickly to be innovative and experimental in an effort to enhance the services we can provide for you. By eliminating the large firm mentality and bureaucracy, we can facilitate a personable, one-on-one relationship with you.  The freedoms created by our leaner and more intimate practice include a superior ability to control quality within our practice areas and the ability to be more entrepreneurial, such as by offering equity for services options to selected clients.

Global Network of IP Partners

As many of our clients operate internationally, we do too. Charter IP has close affiliate relationships with a worldwide network of intellectual property protection specialists. Through this wide-ranging network, our clients can expect to receive exceptional legal assistance and protection of their intellectual property interests abroad.

Practice areas

Technology areas
Power Supplies
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Power
Electrical Engineering
Analog Circuitry
Digital Circuitry
Computer Networks
Business Methods

Matthew J. Lattig

Matthew J. Lattig is the Managing Principal of Charter IP, LLC, located in the firm’s own recently completed office building in the historic hunt country region of Northern Virginia, approximately 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. Matt’s practice emphasizes strategic counseling for the firm clients’ domestic and international patent portfolios, including assertion strategies against suspected infringers and strategic counseling regarding anti-piracy/anti-counterfeiting measures; preparation of domestic, international and PCT patent applications, preparation of applications for trademark and copyright registration, preparation of validity, right-to-use and infringement opinions for utility and design patent applications, and due diligence reviews in support of initial public offerings and the transfer and/or acquisition of intellectual property.

Matt is technically focused on the electrical, computer-related, nuclear and mechanical arts.  As such, he has worked with power source electronics, image processing /multimedia (including MPEG and DVD), digital signal processing, telecommunications (including 3G, CDMA, TDMA), wireless networking (802.11 and Bluetooth), programmable logic controllers, LED technologies and packaging systems, GPS and satellite communications, semiconductor chip design and manufacture, digital imaging and optical media, internet-driven technologies, network systems and protocols, microprocessor and computer architecture, light-water power nuclear reactor technologies and software applications relating to nuclear power plant modeling technologies.  His clients range from individual inventors, to emerging companies, to Fortune 500 corporations.

Prior to entering the IP field in 1996, Matt served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer on the nuclear fast attack submarine USS SUNFISH (SSN-649).  He resides in The Plains, Virginia with wife Heather and daughters Sarah and Kate.

United States Naval Academy, B.S. Systems Engineering 1991
Naval Nuclear Power Training 1991-1993
George Mason University School of Law, J.D. 2001

Bar admissions
Admitted to the bar in the State of New Jersey
Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office