Nathan Smith is counsel at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He specializes in intellectual property management, competitive market strategies, offensive and defensive IP infringement studies, IP market analysis, strategic transactions, and domestic and foreign patent prosecution for both utility and design protection. He shapes IP strategies for startups and large cap corporations alike.
His technical experience encompasses a wide range of technologies, such as cardiovascular devices and interventions, including various stent projects and drug delivery therapies, orthopedic devices, including total hip revision, bone fracture fixation devices, spinal devices and procedures, endoscopic devices and procedures, eyewear, personal electronics, automotive, dental devices and procedures, recreational equipment, footwear and various mechanical technologies.
Mr. Smith was a judicial extern for Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
While earning his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University, Mr. Smith was inducted into Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He later earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School, where he was the Senior Editor of the BYU Law Review.
He has authored several articles relating to issues surrounding intellectual property, including utility and design patents, and its enforcement. In addition, he has spoken to public and private groups, including university and medical technology associations, regarding international IP filing strategies, IP portfolio management, the technical aspects of the America Invents Act and procedures before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, such as Post-Grant Review.
Mr. Smith was also named a Top OC Patent Attorney in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of OC’s Top Lawyers by OC METRO magazine. He is also pleased to serve as a Supervising Attorney for UC Irvine School of Law’s Pro Bono Program.
Mr. Smith is a member of the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has served on the Boards of Directors and is a member of various organizations, including AIPLA, OCTANe and the Orange County Bar Association.