George Anthony (“Tony”) Smith, Jr. has been with the firm since 1978. Tony counsels clients ranging from independent inventors to renowned scientists and engineers at leading companies and universities. He has drafted and prosecuted over one thousand U.S. patents in a broad range of technologies including telecommunications systems, transducers, antennas, electronic circuits, chemical processes, automobile engines, surgical instruments, and many others. Tony also practices in the field of trademarks and has been the principal attorney in over one thousand trademark applications and registrations. He has prepared numerous legal opinions on patent infringement, trademark infringement, and other intellectual property issues.
Tony has also served as counsel in a number of patent and trademark disputes and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Third, Fourth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuit courts, and in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A particularly noteworthy case in which he was counsel is Kappa v. Herbko, 308 F.3d 1156 (Fed Cir. 2002), now frequently cited by the PTO in Official actions involving the issue of likelihood of confusion. Another is In re Princeton Tectonics, Inc., 98 USPQ2d 1509 (TTAB 2010) a decision on the use of third-party trademark registrations to demonstrate relationships between goods.