David R. Smith

Special Counsel

Smith, David R.

David Smith’s practice includes litigation and prosecution of patents, as well as advising clients regarding intellectual property matters. In addition, he also assists members of the firm’s Aviation Practice and counsels clients on FAA regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Smith has represented individual and corporate clients in judicial and regulatory forums around the nation, including federal and state trial courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Smith has litigated patents pertaining to microprocessor architecture and operation, GPS systems, digital camera design and operation, and cellular phone technology. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications for inventions in the electrical, medical and mechanical arts.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Smith was a network and computer consultant supporting numerous clients in the financial and architectural industries.

Publications & News


April 20, 2010

Two Favorable Federal Court Rulings for WilmerHale Clients

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.

Recent Highlights

  • Successfully represented a manufacturer of GPS chips and software as a complainant in a Section 337 proceeding before the ITC and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, resulting in a Final Determination that all six asserted patents were valid and infringed (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-602)
  • Represents Intel Corporation in a multi-defendant patent infringement action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Defended Intel Corporation in Federal Trade Commission Part 3 litigation that alleged unlawful monopolization of markets for computer microprocessors and graphics processing


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JD, Boston College Law School, 2006

SB, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003

Bar Admissions


District of Columbia



United States Patent and Trademark Office

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