Christopher Smith's practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with a primary emphasis on patent litigation. Additionally, Chris is involved with the prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and the preparation of invalidity and infringement opinions.
Chris is a registered patent attorney authorized to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has represented clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individual inventors in a variety of industries. Chris is experienced in a wide range of technologies including: (1) automotive, including infotainment; (2) medical devices; (3) internet, including content deliver networks; and (4) telecommunications, including fiber optics.
Chris 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.
Prior to joining Brooks Kushman, Chris was a patent litigation attorney at Kirkland and Ellis in Los Angeles, where he was involved in a number of cases involving cutting-edge technologies. While doing so, he was a member of several trial teams which were able to win favorable outcomes for their clients.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan and a law degree from UCLA. Additionally, Chris worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California, where he gained valuable insight into the inner workings of the federal judiciary.
Outside of the office, Chris enjoys fishing and swimming with his kids, bowling, and trying to avoid sand traps and water hazards on the golf course.
Kar Enterprises v. Ford Motor Company (Settlement – D. Massachusetts): Counsel for defendant Ford Motor Company in patent infringement lawsuit involving speed limiting system for a vehicle. Chris was involved in all facets of the case including claim construction, inventor depositions and preparation of expert reports. The case concluded in a favorable settlement for Ford. Case No. 4:11-cv-11200
Omega Patents, LLC v. General Motors LLC et al. (Settlement – N.D. Georgia): Counsel for defendants General Motors and Onstar in a patent infringement lawsuit involving vehicle remote systems. The case concluded in a favorable settlement for defendants. Case No. 1:12-cv-01192
Omega Patents, LLC v. Lear Corp. (Settlement – M.D. Florida): Counsel for defendant Lear Corporation in patent infringement lawsuit involving vehicle remote start technology. The case concluded in a favorable settlement. Case No. 6:07-CV-1422
Mallinckrodt, Inc. et al. v. E-Z-EM, Inc. (E.D. Texas): Counsel for plaintiffs Mallinckrodt, Inc. and Libel-Flarsheim Company in a patent infringement lawsuit involving contrast injector systems for CT scans and MRIs. Case No. 2:07-cv-00262
Rembrandt Data Techs., LP v. DirecTV, Inc. et al. (Summary Judgment – E.D. Virginia): Counsel for defendant DirecTV in a patent infringement lawsuit involving modems used in satellite TVboxes. Summary judgment was granted in favor of DirecTV. Case No. 1:08-cv-01009
Level 3 Comms., LLC v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Jury Trial – E.D. Virginia): Counsel for defendant Limelight Networks in patent infringement lawsuit involving content delivery networks. Chris was an integral member of the trial team that obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement for defendant Limelight Networks. The jury verdict was affirmed on appeal. Case No. 2:07-cv-00589
Akamai Techs., Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (D. Massachusetts): Counsel for defendant Limelight Networks in patent infringement lawsuit involving content delivery networks. Chris was an integral member of trial team for defendant Limelight Networks. Chris worked on all facets of the case including discovery, trial and the preparation of post-trial briefing, which included preparation of a motion for reconsideration that was granted and resulted in overturning the jury verdict to find no infringement by Limelight. Case No. 1:06-cv-11109
Foremost In Packaging Sys. v. Cold Chain Techs. (Summary Judgment – C.D. California): Counsel for defendant Cold Chain Technologies in a patent infringement lawsuit involving transportation coolers for pharmaceuticals. Chris was an integral part of team that prepared successful motions for summary judgment in favor of Cold Chain Technologies. Case No. 8:05-cv-00024; 2:06-cv-01156
Organizations and Affiliations
Michigan Inn of Courts – Master
State Bar of California
State Bar of Michigan
Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association – Current President, Past First Vice President
Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association – Vice Chair of Licensing and Related Issues, Patent Licensing Committee
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Licensing Executive Society
“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2012-2019
“IP Star,” Managing Intellectual Property, 2022
Featured, “Ford Wins More Hybrid Vehicle Patent Appeal Board Reviews,” Law360, November 2015
Featured, “2013 Rising Stars List,” Super Lawyers, September 2013
Co-Author, “Dawn of a New Era: Licensing and Standards in the Coming Age of 5G,” The Licensing Journal, March 2020
Author, “A Spoonful of Licensing Helps the Medicine Go Down: Avoiding Standing Problems Between Related Entities in Patent Cases,” Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2015
Author, “Patent Law: A Career Alternative or an Engineering Tool,” ASM News, March 2011
Author, “The Submarine Defense System Misfires: Patent Prosecution Laches After Symbol Technologies,” 40 Gonz. L. Rev. 236 (2004/2005)
Panelist, “Identifying and Avoiding Obstacles While Preparing Supplier Agreements,” Intellectual Property Owners Association 48th Annual Meeting, September 2020
Co-presenter, “Year In Review: 2019 Intellectual Property Litigation,” BK Webinar, February 2020
Presenter, “Making It Happen: Strategies for Cross-Industry Success,”IAM Patent Licensing Event, October 2019
Presenter, “Dawn of a New Era: Licensing and Standards in the Coming Age of 5G,” Intellectual Property Owners Association 47th Annual Meeting, September 2019
Moderator, “All Bark, No Bite: An Analysis of IP Contractual Terms That Are Unenforceable or Result in Unintended Consequences,” Intellectual Property Owners Association 45th Annual Meeting, September 2017
Presenter, “Licensing Strategies with an Eye Towards Litigation,” Intellectual Property Owners IP Licensing Committee, March 2016
Speaker, “Intellectual Property Law and Patent Litigation,” University of Michigan – Michigan Materials Society, April 2014
Speaker, “I.P. Law 101” presented at the University of Michigan Materials Science Department Luncheon, March 2013
Speaker, “Patent 101: What Every Inventor Should Know,” ASM International Emerging Professionals Committee Webinar, June 2011
J.D., UCLA School of Law
B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Alpha Sigma Mu Honors Society