Steven W. Smyrski has over twenty-five years of experience in all phases of intellectual property, including patent prosecution and litigation, technology license drafting and negotiation, enforcement and infringement avoidance strategies, patent portfolio evaluations, infringement/validity analyses, and design around of U.S. patents. Mr. Smyrski has personally drafted over 400 original U.S. patent applications in such diverse fields as telecommunications hardware and software, semiconductor design, fabrication, and inspection, medical devices, signal processing components, computer hardware and software, neural networks, exercise equipment, and business methods.
Mr. Smyrski has litigated a variety of intellectual property disputes, including asserting and defending over ten patents for a large telecommunications manufacturer, litigating patents covering graphics accelerator chips, and pursuing patent, antitrust, and state law claims against a racing car clutch manufacturer. Mr. Smyrski acted as lead outside intellectual property counsel in the $950 million acquisition of the printing division of a computer printer manufacturer, has rendered opinions regarding the scope of certain patents, and has acted as counsel to parties engaged in patent reexaminations. Mr. Smyrski presides as a judge in the annual Pepperdine Intellectual Property Moot Court competition and acts as liaison for the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Lawyers Association annual intellectual property discussion with Loyola Law School students. He has also been an instructor on patent and intellectual property law at the University of Southern California and Southwestern Law School.
Mr. Smyrski was Counsel of Record representing the California Society of Entertainment Lawyers in two Amicus Briefs filed in support of Petitioner Paula Petrella, Petrella v. MGM, 134 S.Ct. 1962 (2014). Mr. Smyrski was mentioned in an online article published by Variety Magazine for his work in the Petrella case.