William P. Smith
Counsel | Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group
Pittsburgh, PA
office 412.325.1115
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Mr. Smith’s primary areas of practice are patent law and intellectual property law.


  • University of Pittsburgh, B.S.E.E., 1977
  • Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1987


  • Prosecution and enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights in the United States and internationally
  • Representing clients in patent infringement litigation, including:
    • Defending online grocer against a claim of infringement of a patent for electronic transmission of order and delivery information
    • Representing multiple defendants against Arrivalstar/Melvino Technologies and Eclipse IP for infringement of a portfolio of delivery notification methods and systems
    • Representing a generic pharmaceutical company in Hatch Waxman litigation pursuant to Abbreviated New Drug Applications [ANDA] filed with the FDA
    • Representing clients in various matters involving so-called “patent trolls” asserting internet and business method patents against e-commerce clients
  • Representing a variety of technology companies in securing patent protection for inventions in the electrical, mechanical, and computer hardware and software fields
  • Representing clients in patent and trademark litigation in federal courts and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, Patent Trial and Appeals Board, Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and International Trade Commission
  • Licensing of patented technology and software
  • Drafting patent infringement, noninfringement, invalidity and freedom-to-operate opinions
  • As an engineer, designing electrical power and control systems for  data center, mining, nuclear power plant, ceramic and metallurgical furnace, and manufacturing facilities
Intellectual Property


  • Pennsylvania State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, 1981 – present
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