Nathan S. Smith focuses his practice on intellectual property (IP) portfolio management, competitive market strategies, offensive and defensive intellectual property due diligence, licensing, and domestic and foreign patent prosecution for utility and design protection. He shapes IP strategies for startups and large-cap corporations alike.
His technical experience encompasses a wide range of technologies, including medical devices such as cardiovascular devices and interventions, drug delivery therapies, orthopedic devices, dental devices and procedures, bone fracture fixation devices, spinal devices and procedures, endoscopic devices and procedures, agricultural products and grain management, eyewear, personal electronics, software, automotive, aeronautics and various mechanical technologies.
While earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Nathan was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. In law school, he was the senior editor of the BYU Law Review. Nathan was a judicial extern for Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Nathan is committed to doing pro bono work, which has included representing victims of domestic violence and their families, assisting a foundation that provides therapy to children whose families are unable to afford treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and assisting a foundation that provides therapeutic activity for individuals diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Nathan has authored several articles relating to issues surrounding intellectual property, including utility and design patents, and its enforcement. In addition, he has spoken individually and on panels to several groups, including university and medical technology associations, regarding international IP filing strategies, IP portfolio management, technical aspects of the America Invents Act and administrative trials before the US Patent and Trademark Office, such as inter partes review.