Ryan W. Smith is a patent prosecution lawyer in the firm's Mechanical Patent Prosecution group where he advises clients and facilitates the acquisition of U.S. patents. Mr. Smith has considerable experience utilizing the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent Office (JPO). He often conducts personal interviews with the USPTO Examining Corps on behalf of his clients to expedite the prosecution process.

Due to his years of automotive industry experience, Mr. Smith is particularly knowledgeable about many aspects of automotive technology, including combustion, power transmission, suspensions, hybrid electric technology, and fuel cells. Further, he is experienced in advising clients in matters relating to semiconductor processing, medical devices, and consumer electronics.

During law school, Mr. Smith worked as a technical consultant at the Argonne National Laboratory. There he gained experience in hardware-in-the-loop controls and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Prior to law school, Mr. Smith was an engineer for General Motors Corporation (GM) where he was directly responsible for the technical design of power electronics and electric machines that are now available in several of GM’s hybrid vehicles. Mr. Smith also gained valuable experience with dual-clutch transmissions, advanced batteries, fuel economy modeling, and reliability testing. As a GM engineer, he worked extensively in Japan, Sweden, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D.)
    • Certificate in Patent Law
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.)
    • Engineering Science
    • Certificate in Management of Technology
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering


  • Virginia
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Virginia