Neil A. Smith Esq.

Rimon PC

Neil A. Smith is currently a Partner on the Intellectual Property Team at Rimon PC, San Francisco. Mr. Smith is also on the alternative dispute resolution panels for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Mr. Smith was appointed as the first Administrative Patent Judge for the Patent Trial & Appeal Board in the Silicon Valley satellite office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012. He previously was a Partner at Limbach & Limbach, and other San Francisco firms.

He has substantial hands-on successful experience in Internet and new technology cases. He litigated the first case dealing with metatags as trademark infringement, for client Playboy. He litigated the first case dealing with the Internet technique of “framing” and inline linking. He brought, for client Sega, the first case involving indirect copyright infringement/contributory copyright infringement, long before the famous Napster case in the California courts. He also filed one of the earliest cases involving the Google advertising AdWords program.

Mr. Smith began his legal career as patent attorney at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and served as a law clerk to Judge Giles Rich on the predecessor to the Federal Circuit.

He is a graduate of Columbia Law School and has a Masters of Law from The George Washington University Law School.