Mr. Smith practices primarily in the areas of Intellectual Property law including preparation and prosecution of patent applications and copyright law. He also provides patent and copyright infringement analysis and patent validity opinions and represents clients in litigation. The technical subject matter of Mr. Smith’s work has spanned a wide variety of technical arts including all aspects of computer engineering (from digital design to high-level computer software). Recent focus has been on medical imaging. His patent work has also included mass storage devices, database managers, mechanical devices, software development tools, communication system infrastructure, bioinformatics, antimatter propulsion, business methods, multimedia distribution systems, application software and cache. Legal Background
Mr. Smith received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH. in 1996. During his law studies, Mr. Smith was placed on the Dean's Academic List in 1994 and 1995, earned a 3.75 g.p.a. in Intellectual Property Law courses, and was nominated by the law school Dean for the A.S.C.A.P. Nathan Burkan writing competition.
He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Minnesota, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Registration Number 45,368).
Mr. Smith is a former utility patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he examined patent applications in computer peripheral technologies. Technical Background
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. (B.A.C.S. 1982, minor in Finance). During college, he developed software tools at Control Data Corp, founded and managed the Computer Science Club and managed for two years the Alpine Ski Racing team at the University of St. Thomas. After graduation, he developed software tools at Lucent (Bell Labs), imaging software, communications software and database managers at IBM, device drivers at Unisys, electronic data interchange software at America Online and industrial control software at Square D Corp. In his last position in software development, he was first technical team leader of the pioneering Internet banking system at the nation’s fourth largest bank, Bank One. Business Background
Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. (M.B.A. 1987, minor in Marketing). During his M.B.A. studies, he developed a pioneering personal computer software application for employment agencies in partnership with Creative Options, Inc. Publications
* The Treatment of Tangible Personal Property in Conjunction with Licensing of Patented Biotechnology, Manual of the Association of University Technical Managers, Part XV, Chap. 1 (2001); * Protecting and Commercializing University Developed Software, Manual of the Association of University Technical Managers, Part IV, Chap. 3.5 (2001); * Abstraction, Filtration, and Comparison In Computer Software Copyright Infringement: An Explanation and an Update For The Object-Oriented Paradigm, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal (Winter, 1998).