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Bridget Smith

Bridget Smith

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1880 Century Park East, Suite 815, Los Angeles, CA 90067
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I represent clients in a broad range of intellectual property disputes. Formerly partner and co-chair of the Patent Office Trials practice group at the national intellectual property law firm Knobbe Martens, I have prevailed as lead counsel in U.S. Patent Office trials and have broad experience in intellectual property litigation in federal court, arbitrations, and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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 in engineering, focusing on next-generation semiconductors, and then when I started working at Motorola’s then-newest and largest semiconductor factory.  With an insatiable desire to “do it better,” I was promoted to the role of software engineer and wrote and launched the cross-platform software for a highly successful process-control ecosystem that dramatically improved process yields and saved Motorola 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 and provide software services crucial to major sales contracts. Fascinated by the impact that IP has for technology companies, my path led me to law school.  Today, it is my job to understand new technologies quickly and explain difficult concepts to investors, patent examiners, judges, and juries.

I have served leading roles in over 55 inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method review (CBM) trials. I successfully represent both patent owners and challengers in these complex disputes and subsequent appeals. 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 Patent Office on policy issues, and I serve as vice chair of the ABA-IPL USPTO Affairs Committee. I am a frequently invited speaker and author on intellectual property law issues, and I have been quoted in publications such as Bloomberg Law and Law360.  I am also a founder and co-chair of the Orange County chapter of ChIPs, a national nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law, and policy.

As an experienced software engineer and registered patent attorney 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 IP strategy. I work with companies in a variety of technical areas, including semiconductors, computer hardware and software, business methods, and electronics. I have unique expertise in the emerging technologies of blockchain, smart contracts, distributed ledgers, cryptocurrencies, dApps, and web3, and I speak regularly on legal issues facing these technologies. Before joining Lowenstein & Weatherwax, I managed the IP portfolio of a major decentralized computing platform provider, and I launched the Blockchain & Smart Contracts industry group at Knobbe Martens to serve clients in this space.

I want to listen to you and work together to ensure the critical audience understands your unique technology to resolve your legal challenges



Quoted in Patent Office Asked to Weigh in on Precedential Panel’s Sway, Bloomberg Law, August 14, 2019

Quoted in How the Drop in PTAB filings May Affect Medical Device Firms, Medical Plastics News, August 9, 2019

Quoted in Why PTAB Filings Are Dropping and How They May Affect Medical Device Firms, Med-Tech Innovation, August 9, 2019

Quoted in Uniclass Didn’t Infringe Computer System Patents, Court Says, Bloomberg Law, August 9, 2019

Quoted in Fed. Circ.’s High Standing Bar May Deter Some PTAB Reviews, Law360, July 12, 2019

Quoted in Fed. Circ. Pleads For Patent Eligibility Clarity: What Now?, Law360, July 10, 2019

Quoted in Section 101: If It Ain’t Broke …, IPPro Magazine, July 9, 2019



Panelist, Proving Your Case from Both Sides of the “v”, AIPLA on the Road: The Latest on Patent Practice Before the USPTO and the PTAB – Boston, December 2019 (forthcoming)

Panelist, Blockchain Patents & Smart Contracts44th Annual Intellectual Property Law Section Institute, Las Vegas, NV, November 2019 (forthcoming)

Panelist, 57th Annual Conference On Intellectual Property Law, Plano, TX, November 11, 2019 (forthcoming)

Bridget A. Smith & Teresa L. Bechtold, Article, When Smart Contracts Break: Developments in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Online Dispute Resolution, The Computer & Internet Lawyer (forthcoming)

Delegate, Second Annual Blockchain for Impact Summit, United Nations, New York, NY, June 4, 2019

Panelist, Webinar, Licensing: Impact of Contractual Provisions on Patent Challenges, IPO Chat Channel, July 24, 2019

Article, USPTO Publishes PTAB Trial Practice Guide Update, JDSupra, July 19, 2019

Bridget A. Smith & Teresa L. Bechtold, Article, When Smart Contracts Break: Developments in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Online Dispute Resolution, Orange County Lawyer, July 2019

Panelist, Serial Petitions and Discretionary Denials: Pre-Institution Strategies for Petitioners and Patent OwnersAIPLA 2019 Bench & Bar, Alexandria, VA, June 27, 2019

Guest, Bridget Smith: Blockchain Revolution | EP. 2, DeviceAlliance Medtech Radio Podcast, June 17, 2019

Opening Remarks, 2019 Spring Luncheon on Trending Topics at the PTAB, San Francisco, CA, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law, May 21, 2019

Bridget A. Smith & John B. Sganga, Article, Ruling Causing a Stir in Patent Licensing Community, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 1, 2019

Co-Speaker, Webinar, Patent Infringement & the PTAB: The Emergence of a Bifurcated System?, AIPLA, April 18, 2019

Co-Speaker, Seminar, Equitable Considerations in Institution Decisions and Evolving Standards in PTAB Estoppel, AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute, February 1, 2019

Panelist, Webinar, The PTAB’s Proposed Changes to Motion to Amend Practice: Practical Implications and Analysis, PTAB Bar Association, November 27, 2018

Keynote, Seminar, Learn the Truth About the Buzzwords Around Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), OCTANe Growth Series: Funding Options for High Growth Ventures & Small Businesses, October 11, 2018

Bridget Smith, Article, Banks Hate Cryptocurrency, But Are Filing Patents Anyway, JDSupra, September 6, 2018

Bridget Smith, Article, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Orange County Business Journal Financial Services and IP Feature, July 2018

Bridget Smith Co-Authors Article “When Smart Contracts Break: Developments in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Online Dispute Resolution”

October 18, 2019
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Bridget Smith Named in 2019 PTAB Bar Association’s Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials 

October 10, 2019
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Skilled in the Art Features Bridget Smith Joining L&W

September 18, 2019
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Law360 Article on Bridget Smith Joining Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP

September 18, 2019
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September 17, 2019
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Inter Partes Review (IPR) trials

Covered Business Method Review (CBM) trials

Blockchain & Smart Contracts


Case Western Reserve University,
BSE, Chemical Eng’g, magna cum laude

Case Western Reserve University, MS, Chemical Eng’g

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, JD, cum laude