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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 am a registered patent attorney specializing in trials before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, district court litigation, and federal appeals. I have been named one of the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials by the PTAB Bar Association.

About Me

I have a master’s degree in engineering, focusing on next-generation semiconductors. My first job was as an engineer at a Motorola semiconductor factory. Always wanting to “do it better,” I wrote the software for a process-control ecosystem that 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 pricing data for Fortune 500 clients and provide software services crucial to $23 million in contracts.

Fascinated by the impact that IP has for tech companies, my path led me to law school. Today, I make challenging technology accessible to investors, patent examiners, judges, and juries.

My Practice

Before joining Lowenstein & Weatherwax, I was a partner at Knobbe Martens and co-chair of the firm’s Patent Office Trials Practice Group. I have successfully represented both patent owners and challengers in over 140 Patent Office trials and subsequent appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Justice Neil Gorsuch cited my amicus work on behalf of an inventors’ group in a United States Supreme Court case addressing the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. And I led an appellate team that secured a landmark precedential decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on an issue involving personal jurisdiction over foreign entities. I currently chair the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law’s Patent System Planning Committee, co-chair the Orange County chapter of ChIPs (an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in intellectual property), and co-chair a drafting team of the Sedona Conference Working Group on patent litigation best practices. I also speak and write frequently on trending issues in intellectual property law.
As an experienced software engineer and registered patent attorney with substantial experience challenging and defending patents before the PTAB and in district court, I am also uniquely positioned to counsel clients on portfolio strategy. I work in several technical areas, including semiconductors, computer hardware and software, and business methods. I have specific experience in blockchain, smart contracts, distributed ledgers, cryptocurrencies, dApps, and web3. My clients have ranged from international conglomerates, to Fortune 1000 manufacturers, to pre-IPO startups.

I have a J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University College of Law, and a M.S. and B.S.E., magna cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering. Outside of work, I serve my community on the Board of Directors for the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.


Panel Moderator, Upping Your IPR Game at the PTAB – Perspectives for Petitioners & Patentees, California Lawyers Association’s 2021 Virtual Intellectual Property Law Section Institute, Nov. 9-10, 2021

Panelist, Conference, PTAB Update, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association’s 37th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law, Oct. 7-9, 2021 (Galveston, TX)

Moderator, Arthrex and the New, Interim Director Review Process, and Panelist, AIA Trial Considerations, AIPLA 2021 PTAB Bench & Bar, August 21, 2021

Panelist, Webinar, Recent Developments in Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practice, PTAB Bar Association, May 19, 2021

Panelist, Seminar, Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practice Continues to Evolve as the Board’s 10th Birthday Approaches, Patent Law Institute 2021: Critical Issues and Best Practices, PLI, Apr. 29-30, 2021

Speaker, Beating the PTAB, IPWatchdog’s PTAB Masters 2021, Apr. 19-22, 2021

Panelist, Conference, Future Forecast: Appreciating the Symbiosis Between IP and Emerging Technologies, Women Leaders in IP Law Summit, ACI, March 9, 2021

Speaker, So The Federal Circuit Remanded Your Case Back To The PTAB, AIPLA 2020 Spring Meeting, San Antonio, TX, May 6-8, 2020

Panelist, Future Forecast: Appreciating the Symbiosis between IP and Emerging Technologies, Women Leaders in IP Law Summit, Washington, DC, May 5-6, 2020

Panelist, Practice Before The PTAB And Its Impact On Patent Litigation Before The District Courts And The ITC, 2020 ABA-IPL Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 1-3, 2020

Panelist, Recent Developments in Practice Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), 15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute, Alexandria, VA, March 12-13, 2020

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, MA, December 2019

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

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

Bridget A. Smith & Teresa L. Bechtold, Article, When Smart Contracts Break: Developments in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Online Dispute Resolution, The Computer & Internet Lawyer, November 2019

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

Panelist, Conference, Discretionary Denials: What Petitioners and Patent Owners Need to Know, AIPLA 2020 PTAB Bench & Bar, August 20, 2020

Panelist, Seminar, Navigating Critical PTAB Procedures: Depositions, Amending & Motions, Advanced Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Strategies 2020, PLI, September 9, 2020 (online)

Dialog Leader, Conference, Sedona Conference Working Group 9/10 Annual Meeting, Nov. 19-20, 2020

L&W Secures Across-The-Board Wins For Express Mobile

October 04, 2021
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L&W Scores Significant 9th Circuit, Federal Circuit And IPR Trial Wins In A Single Week

August 27, 2021
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L&W Wins Landmark 9th Circuit Personal Jurisdiction Case For Ayla

August 27, 2021
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L&W Obtains Another Complete IPR Win on Behalf of Patent Owner DivX

August 13, 2021
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U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Cites Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP-Authored Amicus Curiae Brief

June 21, 2021
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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