Bridget A. Smith
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP | Partner
Bridget Smith is a registered patent attorney and partner in the firm's Irvine office. Bridget's practice focuses on patent protection and dispute resolution in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Having spent years working as a software engineer and data scientist, she now represents clients in a wide variety of technology areas, including semiconductors, computer hardware and software, business methods, and electronics, and advises clients on intellectual property issues in emerging technologies such as blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.
Bridget is active in the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trials Practice Group, having been involved in more than 50 inter partes review and covered business method review trials. She also represents clients in patent infringement cases in federal district court and inappellate briefing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition, Bridget counsels in the area of digital copyrights, including registration, assignment, licensing, and enforcement issues, fair use, responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down requests, and compliance with the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions.
She is a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee and is a contributor to the firm's Section 101 Blog.
Prior to joining the firm, Bridget was a data scientist at a retail revenue management software company acquired by SAP, where she developed software models for major food, fashion, and hardlines retail businesses. Before that, Bridget worked as a software engineer and photolithography process engineer at Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, gaining a broad experience in semiconductor manufacturing and process optimization. Her undergraduate and graduate research focused on next-generation semiconductors.