San Francisco, Cal. – Brooks Kushman attorney Christopher Smith will serve as a moderator at the Intellectual Property Owners Association 45th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on September 18, 2017. The presentation, called “All Bark, No Bite: An Analysis of IP Contractual Terms That Are Unenforceable or Result in Unintended Consequences,” will focus on several commonly used provisions in IP licenses and other technology-related agreements, which are unenforceable or when applied often lead to unintended results. Smith will also discuss relevant case law examples and make suggestions on provision language and policy practices to help avoid unnecessary complications.
Christopher 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 the Secretary of the IPO Association IP Licensing Committee.
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. Smith is also experienced in prosecuting patent applications. 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.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and a law degree from UCLA.
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.
About Brooks Kushman P.C.
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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 www.BrooksKushman