John G. Smith counsels clients on intellectual property issues, focusing on patent matters in the electrical, computer, telecommunications, optics, semiconductor, electro-mechanical and mechanical arts matters. He oversees the patent programs of a broad spectrum of domestic and international clients, providing assistance in the areas of opinion drafting, negotiations, licensing, product redesign, due diligence, patent portfolio development and management and litigation. His litigation experience encompasses work on cases before the International Trade Commission, various U.S. district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
John was formerly a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After that he relocated to Japan from 1995 to 1998, when he was resident as an intellectual property attorney in the Tokyo office of his previous U.S. law firm. John continues to be a frequent visitor to Japan and conducts client meetings, negotiations and intellectual property lectures and seminars there on a regular basis.
Practical Guide to U.S. Patent Procedure for Japanese Practitioners (2005)Co-Author
John manages the PTAB Trial Blog, a blog that addresses Covered Business Methods Review, Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1991
- Marquette University, B.S.E.E., 1987
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- American Intellectual Property Law Association
- American Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law
- Federal Bar Association
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers