I am a registered patent attorney specializing in trials before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, including inter partes reviews (IPR), post grant reviews (PGR), and covered business method proceedings (CBM), and I was recently named as one of the Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials by the PTAB Bar Association.
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.
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 represented both patent owners and challengers in over 85 Patent Office trials and subsequent appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. I serve as vice chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law’s USPTO Post-Grant Patent Practice and Policy Committee and co-chair of the Orange County chapter of ChIPs, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in intellectual property. 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 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.
Outside of work, I serve my community on the Board of Directors for the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation.
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 Contracts, 44th 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 Owners, AIPLA 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
L&W Obtains Dismissal Of 12 Federal Circuit Appeals
L&W Successfully Defended Two Patents That Were The Subject of $2.18B Judgment
Supreme Court Hears Case Weighing Constitutionality Of Administrative Patent Proceedings In Which L&W Filed Friend-Of-The Court Brief Urging Relief For Patent Owners
L&W Submits Amicus Curiae Brief to U.S. Supreme Court on Behalf of Inventors in Arthrex Case
Bridget Smith Co-Authors Article “When Smart Contracts Break: Developments in Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Online Dispute Resolution”
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