Joshua P. Smith

“A thorough understanding of the technology and business needs underlying a client’s IP is important, but above all, I strive for unparalleled client service.  I’m happiest when the client is happy.”

Josh helps corporations and individuals gain a competitive edge in their respective marketplaces through procurement, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.  Josh uses his real-world engineering experience to quickly understand the technology behind innovation.  At the same time, Josh relies on his project management experience to view that innovation through the lens of business-need to craft and prosecute valuable patents that achieve the client’s overall goals.

With backgrounds in both electrical engineering and computer science, Josh gained valuable real-world experience as an electrical systems engineer in access/security and aerospace industries.  Since then, Josh has transitioned from designing prototype aircraft systems for the F-15 and F-18 fighter jets that defend our nation to prosecuting and defending the high-tech electrical and software patents of the nation’s leading companies.  Josh utilizes his previous experience to aggressively pursue and protect the IP rights of his clients while always keeping the client’s needs in target.

Currently, Josh’s practice involves patent prosecution, appellate litigation, and post-grant matters, focusing primarily in the electrical and software arts.  This broad spectrum of legal experience results in a deeper understanding of the practical requirements behind efficiently drafting, prosecuting, and enforcing patents. 

Although Josh works with many large international corporations, Josh also derives great joy from working directly with smaller companies and independent innovators and is always inspired by the genius and tenacity of those innovators.  In kind, Josh takes that inspiration to heart and always strives to provide forward-thinking solutions and unparalleled client service. 

  • J.D., cum laude,
    DePaul University College of Law, 2011
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering,
    University of Illinois, 2003
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Legal

Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, IL
Associate, 2015-present

Quarles & Brady LLP, Chicago, IL
Associate, 2014-2015

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP, Chicago, IL
Associate, 2011-2014
Technical Advisor, 2008-2011

Experience | Non-Legal

The Chamberlain Group, Inc., Elmhurst, IL
Electrical Systems Engineer, 2004-2008

Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO
Electrical Design Engineer, 2003-2004

Press Releases & Events
August 11, 2015
CHICAGO — From designing flight test data and prototype aircraft systems for the F-15 Eagles and F-18 Hornets that defend our nation to prosecuting and defending the high-technology and electrical engineering patents of his clients, Joshua P. ...