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Matthew M. Gardlik, Ph.D.


Matt`s practice includes the preparation and prosecution of patent applications as well as assisting in the Firm`s litigation cases. He has successfully prepared and prosecuted inventions in a wide variety of technologies including chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostic technologies. Matt’s litigation experience includes the successful defense of a retaliatory trade secret misappropriation claim and he continues to represent the plaintiff in the earlier-filed patent infringement suit. As part of the patent infringement suit, Matt was a member of the team that successfully argued for the patentability in thirteen (13) Inter Partes Review (IPR) trials at the USPTO. Several of these IPR trials ended when the Board refused to institute IPR after Patent Owner’s Preliminary Response and others proceeded to a Final Written Decision finding patentability of the challenged claims. In each of these lawsuits, several hundred million dollars was being sought totaling over half a billion dollars.

Matt earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University where his dissertation involved organic synthesis and supramolecular chemistry. He is an avid technologist whose interest ranges from organic synthesis to computer programming. His Ph.D. work included developing an optimized synthetic route to a key intermediate in the synthesis of a new class of supramolecular hosts. This enabled the scale-up and preparation of several hosts that was critical for studying their encapsulation properties. Matt continues to be involved in the American Chemical Society (ACS) and was awarded the 2012 Catalyst Award by the Cincinnati Section of the ACS.


  • Wittenberg University
    B.S. (ACS Certified Degree) Chemistry, 2002
  • The Ohio State University
    Ph.D. Chemistry, 2009
  • Capital University Law School
    J.D., 2012

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2010
  • Indiana, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Indiana Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Professional Affiliations

    American Bar Association
    Indiana Bar Association, Leadership Development Academy, Class VII
    Indianapolis Bar Association
    American Chemical Society, 2001 - Present
    American Intellectual Property Law Society, 2011 - Present
    7th Circuit Bar Association

    Speaking Engagements

    Keynote, Think Like a Molecule Poster Session 2019, American Chemical Society, April 5, 2019.


    "A Close Inspection of Ag(I) Coordination to Molecular Baskets. A Study of Solvation and Guest Encapsulation in Solution and the Solid State" Gardlik, M.; Zhiquing, Y.; Xia, S.; Rieth, S.; Gallucci, J.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Tetrahedron, 2009, 65, 7213-7219. (DOI: j.tet.2008.11.098)

    "Molecular Encapsulation via Metal-to-Ligand Coordination in a Cu(I) Folded Molecular Basket" Rieth, S.; Zhiqing, Y.; Xia, S.; Gardlik, M.; Chow, A.; Fraenkel, A.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2008, 73(13), 5100-5109. (DOI: jo800748k)

    "Silver(I) Mediated Folding of a Molecular Basket" Yan, Z.; Xia, S.; Gardlik, M.; Seo, W.; Maslak, V.; Gallucci, J.; Hadad, C.; Badjić, J. Organic Letters, 2007, 9(12), 2301-2304. (DOI: ol0705595)

    Community Involvement

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
    SpeakEasy, Indianapolis, 2012 - Present