Smadar Gefen Ph.D.

Patent Attorney

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Smadar Gefen applies her research and development background in electrical and computer engineering to help organizations develop patent assets, protect their investments in proprietary technologies, and build a patent portfolio that is instrumental in advancing their business objectives. Smadar has precured patents for high-tech corporations across diverse technologies in electrical engineering and computer sciences, including video compression, augmented reality, machine-learning, robotics, and animation.

Smadar's professional record as an innovator reinforces her role in preparing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As a registered patent attorney and electrical engineer, she has spent more than 20 years on the cutting edge of research and development for a range of industries: from advancing neuro-cartography and 3D brain modeling for a university's neurobiology department to developing sports broadcast enhancements for a major cable television company.


Managed the patent processes and portfolio for Disney Research and ESPN, focusing on a broad range of technologies that spanned sports broadcast enhancements, animation and robotics. In addition to contributing as an inventor to inventions covering augmented reality, video analytics and related computer vision technologies, Smadar directed employees on issues related to patent law and patent practices; contributed to internal patent process procedures and guidelines; drafted patent applications, as well as reviewed and approved patent applications drafted by outside counsel; and performed due-diligence and freedom-to-operate analyses to support management's IP-related decisions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Prior Positions

  • The Walt Disney Company
    • Patent Agent, Disney
    • Principal Emerging Technology Engineer, ESPN
  • Cablevision: Principal Scientist
  • Sarnoff Corporation: Associate Member, Technical Staff
  • Iterated Systems: Senior Engineer


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Registration No. 67,090
  • Pennsylvania


  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Drexel University
  • M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University