William P. Smith
Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group | Member
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 a national technology lab in government interest patent procurement
  • 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 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 non-practicing entities 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 clients in patent and trademark litigation before federal administrative tribunals and 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 electrical engineer, designing electrical power and control systems for large data operations center, coal mine, nuclear power plant, ceramic and metallurgical furnaces, and manufacturing facilities

Mr. Smith has obtained many patents for technology clients, for a partial listing of patents that he successfully prosecuted, click here.

Intellectual Property Technology


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


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