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Matthew T. Hays Associate

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2016

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois


Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

University of Cincinnati, B.S., Chemical Engineering


IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)

Matthew Hays is an associate in Dykema's Privacy and Data Security and Intellectual Property groups. Mr. Hays’s privacy and data security practice includes advising clients on issues of risk assessment, policies and procedures, corporate compliance projects, and drafting comprehensive website terms and conditions, privacy notices, and data sensitive vendor service agreements. He has also assisted clients in avoiding and addressing legal and regulatory exposure through prompt response to data security incidents. Mr. Hays is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has notable experience handling compliance matters related to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).
Mr. Hays is also a registered patent attorney and has practiced on a broad range of intellectual property matters with an emphasis on enforcing patent, trade secret and trademark rights in litigation. Mr. Hays also has experience helping clients obtain patent and trademark protection across a broad range of software and mechanical technologies and has engaged in strategic patent portfolio management and corporate due diligence involving intellectual property assets.
While in law school, Mr. Hays was selected as a Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium Fellow and acted as editor for the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
  • Khan v. Hemosphere Inc. (2020) – patent infringement suit filed by two doctors against client and hundreds of doctor defendants involving an arteriovenous shunt used for medical procedures. Achieved an early dismissal in the Northern District of Illinois based on improper venue, the case was dismissed with prejudice and the ruling was affirmed on appeal. 

Memberships & Involvement

  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Member