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Christopher C. Smith

Shareholder

Michigan OfficeP (248) 226-2780

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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... see more >

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.

Publications
Author, “The Submarine Defense System Misfires: Patent Prosecution Laches After Symbol Technologies,” 40 Gonz. L. Rev. 236 (2004/2005).

Speaking Engagements
Speaker, “I.P. Law 101” presented at the University of Michigan Materials Science Department Luncheon, March 15, 2013

Speaker, “Patent 101: What Every Inventor Should Know,” ASM International Emerging Professionals Committee Webinar, June 7, 2011 < see less

Education

J.D., UCLA School of Law

B.S.E., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Kar Enterprises v. Ford Motor Company (D. Mass. 2013): 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.

Omega Patents, LLC v. General Motors LLC et al. (N.D. GA 2013): Counsel for defendants General Motors and Onstar in a patent infringement lawsuit involving vehicle remote systems. Chris was involved in all facets of the case including preparation of defendants` invalidity defenses and claim construction arguments. The case concluded in a favorable settlement for defendants.

Omega Patents, LLC v. Lear Corp. (M.D. Fla. 2011): Counsel for defendant Lear Corporation in patent infringement lawsuit involving vehicle remote start technology. Chris` duties included preparation of the Markman brief and motions for summary judgment as well as several pre-trial filings. The case concluded in a favorable settlement.

Mallinckrodt, Inc. et al. v. E-Z-EM, Inc. (E.D. Tex. 2010): Counsel for plaintiffs Mallinckrodt, Inc. and Libel-Flarsheim Company in a patent infringement lawsuit involving contrast injector systems for CT scans and MRIs. Chris` duties included the preparation of inventor witnesses for deposition, the preparation of expert reports and the drafting of Markman briefing.

Rembrandt Data Techs., LP v. DirecTV, Inc. et al. (E.D. VA 2009): Counsel for defendant DirecTV in a patent infringement lawsuit involving modems used in satellite TVboxes. Chris` duties included inventor and expert depositions and the preparation of expert reports. Summary judgment was granted in favor of DirecTV.

Level 3 Comms., LLC v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (E.D. VA 2009): 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.

Akamai Techs., Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (D. Mass. 2009): 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.

Foremost In Packaging Sys. v. Cold Chain Techs., (C.D. Cal. 2006): 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.

State Bar of California

State Bar of Michigan

Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association – Secretary, IP Licensing Committee

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

“Rising Star,” Michigan Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property, 2012 – 2013, 2015

  • Eight Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named To 2016 Super Lawyers List; Eight Attorneys Honored As Rising Stars
    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer...

  • Brooks Kushman Attorney Named IPO Licensing Committee Secretary
    Monday, February 08, 2016

    Southfield, Mich. – Brooks Kushman attorney Christopher C. Smith has been chosen to serve as Secretary on the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) IP Licensing Committee for the 2016 term. The committee which includes approximately 50 members from across the country, focuses on intellectual property licensing and related matters and...

  • Fifteen Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    Wednesday, September 09, 2015

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that several of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...

  • Brooks Kushman Congratulates Six New Shareholders
    Sunday, January 04, 2015

    Southfield, Mich. - Brooks Kushman is pleased to announce that Erin Bowles, Molly Crandall, Brian Doughty, John Rondini, Christopher Smith, and Martin Sultanahave all been promoted to Shareholders of the firm. Erin Bowles focuses her practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution. Her practice also includes patentability investigations, infringement and right-to-use analysis and IP transactions and...

  • Sixteen Brooks Kushman Attorneys Named 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
    Monday, September 08, 2014

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list for their work in intellectual property law. The annual listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...

  • Christopher Smith to speak at ASM International Webinar on Patent Law
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    On June 7, Brooks Kushman associate Christopher Smith lead a webinar entitled, “Patent 101:  What Every Inventor Should Know”.  Do you have an idea that you think may be patentable?  Have you developed a new material or process and wish to protect it?  Learn how with this free webinar.  This...

  • Patent Law: A Career Alternative or an Engineering Tool
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011

    Brooks Kushman patent litigation attorney, Christopher Smith offers insight to ASM News on the career path to becoming a patent attorney. Patent Law: A Career Alternative or an Engineering Tool It was my sophomore year in college and I started taking courses in materials science – my declared major. But as time went...

  • Brooks Kushman Hires Smith as Associate as Litigation Practice Grows
    Monday, May 17, 2010

    Brooks Kushman P.C., a specialized intellectual property (IP) and commercial law firm, recently hired Christopher C. Smith as an associate to further strength the firm`s litigation practice. The announcement was made by Mark Cantor, president of the firm. Smith will be based in the firm`s Southfield, Mich. office, but will...

      • Ford Wins More Hybrid Vehicle Patent Appeal Board Reviews- Brooks Kushman
        Tuesday, November 10, 2015

        Brooks Kushman Shareholders Frank Angileri, John Nemazi, John Rondini and Christopher Smith were mentioned in Law360’s November 10, 2015 article, “Ford Wins More Hybrid Vehicle Patent Appeal Board Reviews.”The article discusses the Brooks Kushman intellectual property litigation team’s recent successful request for four different inter partes reviews (IPR) of a...

      • Four Brooks Kushman Lawyers Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List; Ten Attorneys Honored as Rising Stars
        Friday, September 06, 2013

        SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman P.C. is proud to announce that several of the firm`s attorneys have been named to the 2013 Super Lawyers list for their work in the intellectual property arena. The annual Super Lawyers listing honors outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained...

          • Brooks Kushman Associate Discusses IP law at the University of Michigan
            Friday, April 11, 2014

            SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Brooks Kushman Associate, Christopher Smith, discussed a variety of topics related to intellectual property (IP) law at a presentation to the University of Michigan`s - Michigan Materials Society on April 11, 2014. Smith`s presentation covered a wide range of topics, including different types of patents, the patent application...

          • Christopher Smith to speak at ASM International Webinar on Patent Law
            Tuesday, May 31, 2011

            On June 7, Brooks Kushman associate Christopher Smith lead a webinar entitled, “Patent 101:  What Every Inventor Should Know”.  Do you have an idea that you think may be patentable?  Have you developed a new material or process and wish to protect it?  Learn how with this free webinar.  This...