Stephen C. Smith

“My experience is not traditional. But it’s helped me understand the importance of creating simplicity for clients.”

The ability to digest information quickly, concentrate on details, and adapt to changing conditions are all valuable characteristics for intellectual property lawyers. Steve Smith developed all of them, not in the library or courtroom, but while supervising a Naval power plant facility. Steve’s past role as a shift supervisor and Qualified Naval Reactors Engineer proved to be an apt training ground for his practice, which focuses on patent prosecution, diligence, counseling, licensing, and complex litigation in the mechanical and electrical arts. He has experience working with consumer products, automotive components, medical devices, power tools, lawn and garden equipment, commercial restaurant equipment, construction equipment and industrial equipment.

Steve has supported both large clients as well as small engineering-focused companies without their own in-house legal resources. For all of them, he proactively identifies potential trouble areas before they become actual conflicts, and explains complicated legal matters to the proper stakeholders in a manner that resonates with a non-legal workforce. Steve’s ability to anticipate client needs that they aren’t currently focused on makes his practice a forward thinking one.

  • J.D.,
    Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering,
    Purdue University, 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Dist. Court, E.D. Wisconsin
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
Experience | Overview
  • Steve chairs the firm’s Mechanical group and has extensive experience in all phases of U.S. and international prosecution matters, including invention harvesting, drafting applications, responding to office actions from the United States and foreign patent offices, as well as post issuance proceedings.
  • Named an Emerging Lawyer in 2015 by Leading Lawyers Network, Steve is experienced in advising and representing clients in contemplated and filed litigation proceedings, as well as with licensing matters.
  • Active in the Licensing Executive Society (LES), Steve has delivered presentations on licensing matters to, among others, the ACI Medical Device Agreements Conference and the Collaborative Agreements Conference.
  • Steve began his career as a Shift Supervisor and Qualified Naval Reactors Engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he gained valuable experience that he’s able to leverage every day as an I.P. attorney
Experience | Legal
Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago, Illinois
September 2004 - Present
Summer Associate, Summer 2003
Experience | Non-Legal
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ballston Spa, NY
June 1997 - September 2001
Shift Supervisor, Qualified Naval Reactors Engineer
Experience | Civic Activities

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation

Federal Circuit Bar Association George Hutchinson Writing Competition

  • "Patent Considerations for a Growing 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Company," RAPID, SME's Annual Additive Manufacturing Conference, Tampa Bay, May 17, 2016
  • "Avoiding and Diffusing Landmines in the Agreement: Staying Away from Terms that Have Proven Problematic and Neutralizing Conflict As It Arises," ACI Medical Device Agreements Conference, Chicago, November 19, 2013
  • "America Invents Act and Prometheus: Analyzing the Changing Patent Landscape and its Potential Impact on Licensing and Due Diligence,” Panelist, ACI's Medical Device Licensing, Co-Development, and Collaborative Agreements conference, Chicago, November 14, 2012
Representative Matters
  • Endotach LLC v. Cook Medical Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2013-present). Mr. Smith is defending Cook Medical in a patent infringement action filed by Endotach concerning endovascular stent-grafts for treating aneurysms. The district court granted summary judment in Cook Medical's favor. The Federal Circuit upheld the District Court’s judgment in all respects. 
  • Boston Scientific Corp., Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc., Boston Scientific Ltd., and Endovascular Technologies, Inc. v. Cook, Inc., Wilson-Cook Medical, Inc., Cook Medical Inc., Cook Ireland Ltd., Cook Group, Inc., Taewoong Medical Co., Ltd., Standard Sci-Tech Inc., EndoChoice, Inc., and Sewoon Medical Co., Ltd. (D. Mass. 2010-present). Mr. Smith is defending the Cook entities in a patent infringement action filed by Boston Scientific and others concerning gastrointestinal stents. The case is ongoing.
  • Jacobs Chuck Manufacturing Company; Power Tool Holders, Inc.; and Establissments Amyot, S.A. v. Shandong Weida Machinery Co. Ltd.; One World Technologies, Inc.; and Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd. (E.D. Tx. 2005-2007). Defended defendants in patent infringement lawsuit. Case settled with terms favorable to client.
Press Releases & Events
May 18, 2016
CHICAGO—Brinks Gilson & Lione patent attorney and shareholder Stephen C. Smith was a featured presenter at RAPID 2016, a 3D technology conference, on May 17, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Smith spoke ...
  • Emerging Intellectual Property Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2015, 2016
  • Winner of the 2003 Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Contest for second year law students with "The Status of the Doctrine of Equivalents after the Supreme Court's Decision in Festo Corp. v. Shoketsu Kinzoko Kogyo Kabushiki Co."
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
  • Licensing Executives Society