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Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a Principal in the Dallas office of Fish & Richardson.  His practice emphasizes post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, client counseling, and portfolio development.  As a member of the firm’s post-grant group, Mr. Smith has extensive experience in post-grant proceedings from the perspective of both the petitioner and the patent owner, and has worked on more than 30 IPR and CBM proceedings.  His practice is technically focused on the computer-related, electrical, and mechanical arts, with experience in technologies including network systems and protocols, hybrid vehicle drivetrains, wireless communications, and semiconductor fabrication.

Prior to law school, Mr. Smith spent over a decade as a lead software developer for a telecommunications company, authoring complex call control and billing applications.  He has hands-on experience with distributed system design and implementation, network protocol design, web services design and implementation, database design and management, multi-threaded application design, real-time system design and implementation, as well as extensive software development experience in a variety of languages, including C, C++, Java, Python, PHP, JavaScript, and Visual Basic.


J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law 2010
Technology Editor, SMU Law Review 
cum laude

B.A., University of Texas 2004
Computer Science


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2013
  • Texas 2010

Other Distinctions

Inventor, Method for Measuring Quality of Service in a Telecommunications Network, US Patent 6,914,967

Speaking Engagements

The Two Sides of the Coin in Post-Grant Practice: Petitioner and Patent Owner Estoppel, co-presenter, Fish Post-Grant for Practitioners Webinar, May 9, 2018

Fish Post-Grant Radio: Episode #9, guest, Fish Post-Grant Radio, May 9, 2018


PTAB to Apply Phillips Standard of Claim Construction in Post-Grant Proceedings, author, Fish Post-Grant News, October 15, 2018

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