Presentations | 09/15/2020

Brooks Kushman Shareholder Christopher Smith To Present At IPO Association Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting

Team Contact: Christopher Smith


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman shareholder Christopher Smith will speak at the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association 48th Annual Meeting hosted virtually on September 21-24, 2020. This will be Smith’s third time in four years presenting at this conference.

Smith’s panel titled, “Identifying and Avoiding Obstacles While Preparing Supplier Agreements,” the speakers will navigate the complex IP issues that arise during the negotiation, execution, and later litigation of supplier agreements. Each speaker will represent a different viewpoint of the agreement (i.e., buyer, seller, litigator) as the panel discusses several key aspects of supplier agreements.

Smith concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation. In addition to litigation, Smith is involved with the preparation of invalidity and infringement opinions and licensing disputes. He is also Vice Chair on the IPO Association IP Licensing Committee, and Second Vice President for the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association.

Smith has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies, to start-ups and individual inventors in a variety of industries. He is experienced in a wide range of technologies including: (1) automotive, including infotainment; (2) medical devices; (3) internet, including content delivery networks; and (4) telecommunications, including fiber optics. His experience in patent prosecution has helped him better understand the process of obtaining a patent, including analyzing file histories, which has been invaluable to him during litigation, especially in formulating claim construction and invalidity positions.

The IPO Association is a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. IPO is the only association in the U.S. that serves all intellectual property owners in all industries and all fields of technology. Established in 1972, the organization is composed of about 200 companies and more than 12,000 individuals.

For more information about the programming at the conference click here.

About Brooks Kushman P.C.
Brooks Kushman P.C. is a premier intellectual property (IP) and technology law firm dedicated to the advancement and protection of innovations and brands that propel businesses around the world. With offices in Michigan and California, we work alongside corporations, small to medium sized businesses, and leading universities to protect their intellectual property assets. Our attorneys have a broad range of experience in industries and technologies, including consumer electronics, manufacturing, medical device, computer technology, aerospace, chemicals, biotechnology, and retail.

Brooks Kushman counts a number of Fortune 100 companies across a variety of industries among its clients. The firm is also recognized by leading legal publications and rankings, including Corporate Counsel magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Law360, Intellectual Asset Management, Managing Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property Today. For more information, please visit

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