Franklin M Smith

Franklin M. Smith


Education & Credentials


University of Michigan

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2008

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

J.D., Intellectual Property Law, 2013
  • magna cum laude
  • Managing Associate Editor - Thomas M. Cooley Law Review
  • Certificates of Merit: Constitutional Law, Personal and Professional Responsibility, Business Organizations
  • Moot Court Ethics and Professionalism National Team

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Prominent Assignments

Drafting and analyzing patent applications, freedom to operate opinions, patentability opinions, and infringement opinions in the fields of:
  • Various heat exchangers, LED lighting systems, and optics components;
  • Extrusion processes, hot rolling steel components, and injection molding methods;
  • Food processing and related equipment, including machine sanitization methods and plasma sterilization systems;
  • Keyless entry systems with integrated accelerometers, vehicle suspensions, performance carburetors, truck frame and bed assemblies, roadway construction equipment, vehicle door arrangements, vehicular dispersion systems, and other automotive assemblies;
  • Exercise equipment software networking, social network display platforms, storage and organization products, and business methods.
Researching and drafting complaints, answers, briefs, summary judgment and other dispositive and non-dispositive motions, stipulations, settlement agreements, protective orders, claim charts, Markman briefs and hearing presentations, inter partes review petitions and patent owner responses, and ex parte re-examination requests in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation involving:
  • Smart home energy management systems;
  • Industrial door guides;
  • Hand loom kits;
  • 3-D camera arrangements;
  • Thermomagnetic processing of materials;
  • Casino card shuffling systems;
  • Vehicle duct assemblies;
  • Software platforms;
  • Restaurant trade names.

Professional Involvement

  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association (MIPLA)
  • American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section
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