Hans P. Smith

Associate

Costa Mesa
T +1.714.966.8864
F +1.714.754.6611

Overview

Hans Smith is a registered patent attorney who works on intellectual property litigation, licensing, patent prosecution and other transactional matters. Hans counsels clients in a number of technology fields, including the life sciences, chemicals, advanced materials and manufacturing, nanotechnology, and telecommunications. Hans believes that an excellent intellectual property lawyer must develop a fundamental understanding of what his clients' goals are for all aspects of their businesses.

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  • Part of a litigation team that represented a medical device company in an invention-ownership dispute with a former employee in the North Carolina Business Court. Participated in pre-suit investigations and selection of the eventual forum based on the nuances of the common law doctrines at issue in various states. The case settled on favorable terms during discovery and pretrial briefing.
  • Involved in patent litigation relating to mobile device technology. Participated in damages discovery and analysis. Supported Markman briefing and preparation of presentation materials used in oral argument.
  • Represented a start-up company in evaluation and response to a license demand and threat of patent infringement lawsuit from a nonpracticing entity. Investigated the patent-at-issue and related litigation in federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to assess the business risk to the client and make appropriate strategic recommendations.
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Experience

  • Part of a litigation team that represented a medical device company in an invention-ownership dispute with a former employee in the North Carolina Business Court. Participated in pre-suit investigations and selection of the eventual forum based on the nuances of the common law doctrines at issue in various states. The case settled on favorable terms during discovery and pretrial briefing.
  • Involved in patent litigation relating to mobile device technology. Participated in damages discovery and analysis. Supported Markman briefing and preparation of presentation materials used in oral argument.
  • Represented a start-up company in evaluation and response to a license demand and threat of patent infringement lawsuit from a nonpracticing entity. Investigated the patent-at-issue and related litigation in federal courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to assess the business risk to the client and make appropriate strategic recommendations.
  • Works with start-up and venture-funded companies on development of IP portfolios and licensing efforts in industries including integrated circuits, medical diagnostics and advanced materials. Analyzes patent landscapes to help clients understand their positions within the competitive arena.
  • Works with a university in patent procurement matters relating to nanotechnology. Conducts inventor interviews, drafts patent applications and responds to office actions throughout the prosecution process. Obtained a patent grant following successful reversal of all examiner rejections in a pre-appeal brief conference proceeding.
  • Reviewed license agreements related to drug discovery and development for a major pharmaceutical company.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Science & Technology Law Section
    • Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Community

  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Pro Bono

  • Worked with Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to provide legal services to artists, arts and cultural organizations. Represented a photographer in responding to a trademark cease and desist letter.

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 67,259
  • California
  • Pennsylvania [Inactive]

Education

  • J.D., Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, 2012, summa cum laude, with honors in Business and Entrepreneurship; Executive Editor of Research and Production, Drexel Law Review (2011 to 2012)
  • M.B.S., Business of Bioscience, Keck Graduate Institute, School of Applied Life Sciences, 2009
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Short Course Certificate in Advances in Controlled Release Technology - Polymeric Delivery Systems for Pharmaceuticals, 2008
  • B.S., Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology, 2005