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 >
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. < see less
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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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
Supreme Court Rules That Supplier Does Not Infringe Section 271(f)(1) By Exporting a Single Component Used to Fabricate Patented Device Outside U.S.
In its second patent decision of the October 2016 term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1), which can create infringement liability when “all or a substantial part of the components” of an invention patented in the United States are exported for assembly outside the country, does...
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled that a plaintiff not named as a joint inventor on several patents and pending patent applications has standing to maintain an action to correct inventorship under 35 U.S.C. § 256, despite the fact that he previously assigned all rights...
Federal Circuit Limits Divided Infringement Defense Precise Contours Of Direct Infringement Remain Uncertain
In this latest chapter of a long-running litigation involving the direct infringement of patent claims involving multiple actors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently concluded that a defendant can be liable for direct infringement when it “conditions participation in an activity or receipt of a benefit...
Featured, “Ford Wins More Hybrid Vehicle Patent Appeal Board Reviews,” Law360, November 2015
Featured, “2013 Rising Stars List,” Super Lawyers, September 2013
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)
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