Matter [Patents] Law and Legal Definition

According to 37 CFR 11.1 [Title 37 -- Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights; Chapter I -- United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce; Subchapter A – General; Part 11 -- Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Subpart A -- General Provisions; General Information] the term matter means “any litigation, administrative proceeding, lobbying activity, application, claim, investigation, controversy, arrest, charge, accusation, contract, negotiation, estate or family relations practice issue, request for a ruling or other determination, or any other matter covered by the conflict of interest rules of the appropriate Government entity.”