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Jeffrey D. Smyth
+1 650 849 6618

Stanford Research Park
3300 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1203

+1 650 849 6600
Fax +1 650 849 6666

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court, C.D. California
  • U.S. District Court, N.D. California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Santa Clara University School of Law
    J.D., 2011
  • University of California, San Diego
    B.S., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 2005

Jeffrey D. Smyth


Jeff Smyth focuses his practice on patent litigation in a wide variety of areas, including biotechnology and pharmaceutical, as well as electrical, mechanical, and computer technologies. He has experience in cases arising from the filing of Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) and has also litigated cases involving copyrights and trade secrets.

Mr. Smyth has been involved in all aspects of U.S. district court litigation, including pre-litigation activity and analysis, filing complaints, conducting written discovery, taking and defending depositions, coordinating expert discovery, and drafting motions and legal briefs. His trial experience includes participating in two jury trials in the Northern District of California and several patent cases at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Smyth devotes time to pro bono projects, including representing military veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Smyth worked in the laboratory at Dynavax Technologies, Inc., conducting early-stage vaccine research and development projects. His work involved ELISA antibody assay development, vaccine formulation testing, and protein production in E.coli. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Smyth worked in an academic laboratory searching for genetic mutations in the Arabidopsis Thaliana plant model using PCR and DNA sequencing techniques. 


  • Editor of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Journal, 2010-2011.
  • Served as president of the Santa Clara Biotechnology Law Group, 2010-2011.

Professional Activities

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (San Francisco-Bay Area local networking chair, New Lawyer’s Committee, 2013-present)
  • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
  • San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court