Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law
Bridget A. Smith

Bridget A. Smith

Partner

At a Glance

  • J.D. Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

When I was young, my dad wanted me to become a dentist at his practice in rural Pennsylvania.  I had other plans—I wanted to be an engineer.  That choice set me on a lifetime path of continually learning new technologies, first for my master's degree focusing on next-generation semiconductors and then in my first job on the manufacturing floor of a Motorola Semiconductor Products fab.  With an insatiable desire to "do it better," I wrote and launched the cross-platform software for a highly successful process-control ecosystem that dramatically improved process yields and saved the company millions annually.  When I moved to my next challenge as a data scientist for a business software start-up later acquired by SAP, I applied my software design skills to optimize retail pricing data for Fortune 500 clients.

Fascinated by the impact that IP has for technology companies, my path led me to law school to become a patent attorney.  Today, it is my job as a partner and registered patent attorney at Knobbe Martens to understand new technologies quickly and explain difficult concepts to patent examiners, judges, and juries.

I am co-chair of Knobbe's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trials Practice Group, and I have been involved in more than 50 inter partes review and covered business method review trials. I successfully represent both patent owners and challengers in these complex disputes and subsequent appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Behind the scenes, I work with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) to advise the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on important PTAB policy issues, and I am vice chair of the ABA-IPL USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Patent Practice Committee.

Backed by my substantial experience challenging and defending patent validity before the PTAB, as well as litigating infringement in district court, I am uniquely positioned to counsel clients on their IP portfolio strategy. I work with companies in a variety of technical areas, including semiconductors, computer hardware and software, business methods, and electronics. I also advise clients and speak regularly on legal issues in emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies, and I launched Knobbe's Blockchain & Smart Contracts industry group to serve companies in this space. My clients run the gamut from international conglomerates, to Fortune 1000 manufacturers, to pre-IPO startups.

I want to listen to you, learn about your solutions, and work together to ensure the critical audience understands your unique technology to resolve your legal challenges.  

Education

  • Arizona State University - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (J.D. 2007), cum laude, Certificate in Law, Science & Technology with Specialization in Intellectual Property, Executive Editor, Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, & Technology, Willard H. Pedrick Scholar
  • Case Western Reserve University (M.S. Chemical Engineering 1999)
  • Case Western Reserve University (B.S. Chemical Engineering 1997), magna cum laude, President's Scholar
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