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About Dan

Dan Smith is a principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes patent prosecution, client counseling, portfolio development, and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). As a member of the firm’s post-grant group, Mr. Smith has extensive experience in post-grant proceedings from the perspective of both the petitioner and the patent owner, and to date has represented firm clients in more than 60 PTAB trials. In 2020, he was recognized as one of the top 50 attorneys representing petitioners at the PTAB by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Smith’s practice is technically focused on the computer-related, electrical, and mechanical arts, and he has represented clients in cases involving a wide range of technologies, including network systems and protocols, hybrid vehicle drivetrains, wireless communications, heated flooring systems, trampolines, and semiconductor fabrication.

Prior to law school, Mr. Smith spent over a decade as a lead software developer for a telecommunications company, authoring complex call control and billing applications. He has hands-on experience with distributed system design and implementation, network protocol design, web services design and implementation, database design and management, multi-threaded application design, real-time system design and implementation, as well as extensive software development experience in a variety of languages, including C, C++, Java, Python, PHP, JavaScript, and Visual Basic.

Publications

​Inventor, Method for Measuring Quality of Service in a Telecommunications Network, U.S. Patent 6,914,967

  • Recognized as one of the top 50 attorneys representing petitioners at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in 2020 by Managing Intellectual Property.
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Education

J.D. cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2010) Technology Editor, SMU Law Review


B.A., Computer Science, University of Texas (2004)

Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 2017
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2013
  • Texas 2010

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January 25, 2021
Fish & Richardson Named #1 PTAB Law Firm of 2020 by Managing Intellectual Property
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Recognition
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Blog
August 24, 2020
Depositions for Inter Partes Review: How Do They Work?
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
Blog
July 13, 2020
What is the PTAB and Who are the Judges?
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
Blog
June 24, 2020
Oral Hearings at the PTAB: What to Expect
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
Blog
May 26, 2020
What Discovery is Available during Inter Partes Review?
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
Blog
April 30, 2020
When Should I File an IPR during Litigation?
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
Blog
April 22, 2020
Challenging Patents through Post-Grant Proceedings: What Are Your Options?
Authors: Rick Bisenius, Dan Smith
Blogs
IP Law Essentials
News
February 4, 2019
Fish & Richardson Elevates 11 Attorneys to Principal
Press Release
News
Event
May 9th, 2018 | 1:00 pm EDT
The Two Sides of the Coin in Post-Grant Practice: Petitioner and Patent Owner Estoppel
Webinar
News
August 30, 2016
Fish's Joshua Griswold & Dan Smith Quoted in Managing Intellectual Property Article, "PTAB 4 Years In: PGRs Ready For Primetime"
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Event
August 10th, 2016 | 1:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Post-Grant for Practitioners - Post-Grant Review (PGR) Proceedings are Gaining Momentum
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