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Matthew A. Smith

Matthew A. Smith

Turner Boyd LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA

Matthew A. Smith represents clients in patent litigation, licensing and analysis matters, as well as complex USPTO matters in the electrical, semiconductor, software and chemical arts. Mr. Smith has particular familiarity with semiconductor fabrication, circuit design technology, wireless standards, location technologies, smart TV, next-generation manufacturing, enterprise-scale software development and large and small molecule chemical processing.

Mr. Smith received his law degree in 1999, graduating first in his class, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School. He also served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He holds two undergraduate degrees: the first in Electrical Engineering from the Universitaet Hannover, in Hannover, Germany, and the second in Geological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Smith is particularly known for his expertise in complex USPTO proceedings. The 2013 Intellectual Asset Management “Patent 1000” list selected him as a Nationally Recommended Practitioner in USPTO Post-Grant proceedings and as a Regionally Recommend (Washington, DC metro-area) practitioner for patent litigation, calling him a “client favorite”, “a rising superstar”. He was also selected as a 2013 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Smith is the author of the treatise ”Inter Partes Reexamination 2d,” published by West (a Thomson Reuters business), as well as the forthcoming “Inter Partes Review,” also published by West. He is also the author of the e-book “Design Patents” and the chapter “Foreign Discovery” for the BNA “Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook.”

Since 2009, Mr. Smith has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where he teaches International Comparative Patent Law. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Smith served as an Adjunct Professor (Lehrbeauftragter) at the Law School of the Universitaet Hannover in Hannover, Germany, where he taught courses on International Patent Law, Commercial Arbitration, International Sales Contracts and U.S. Law.

Mr. Smith speaks fluent German and is familiar with Spanish, Farsi and Japanese.


Mr. Smith is a member of the Washington D.C. bar, and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He is practicing under supervision in the State of California.


  • Universitaet Hannover, Electrical Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geological Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, 1999 - Order of the Coif



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