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Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley Adds Prominent IP Litigator to the Ranks

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Neil Smith Joins as a Partner in its San Francisco and Silicon Valley Offices

San Francisco, CA -- Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley (RMKB) ( has strengthened the caliber of its growing Intellectual Property practice with the addition of renowned litigator Neil Smith. Previously with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton and Limbach & Limbach, respectively, Smith joins as a partner in RMKB’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. With more than 35 years of experience, Smith has counseled a wide range of commercial clients in high-profile, high-stakes intellectual property disputes. His arrival will help expand RMKB’s IP capabilities firmwide.

“Our focus is to expand the firm’s premium practices and our IP practice falls into that category,” said Rick Wilson, firmwide managing partner. “Having Neil join this growing practice significantly adds to the depth of our experience and expands the caliber of our IP client base. We are excited to have one of the best and brightest intellectual property lawyers join our team and drive our IP group’s growth and reputation.”

“Ropers Majeski has regional and nationwide capabilities that complement my specialized IP practice and strengths as a litigator,” added Smith. “I am excited to be part of a robust and dynamic team and look forward to helping the firm broaden its reach in the IP arena.”

Smith focuses his practice on trademark, copyright and patent infringement litigation, as well as intellectual property strategy and counseling, including Internet law, licensing, anti-counterfeiting, gray market and extraterritorial application of the law. He has represented some of the best known names in the high-technology, corporate and software industries, among them Levi Strauss, Adidas, Memorex, Sega and Gucci, as well as media, recording and video game companies.

Smith regularly lectures at law schools, bar associations and industry trade groups. He has authored numerous articles on Internet and intellectual property subjects and is a columnist for New Matter, the official publication of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California. Named to Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years, some of Smith’s accolades include being named Managing Intellectual Property’s “Litigator of the Year” and receiving the Patent & Trademark Office Society’s first-ever Joseph Rossman Award, given annually to the author of the article in the Journal that makes the greatest contribution to the field of patents, trademarks or copyrights. He has held numerous leadership positions among legal and IP organizations, including serving as president of the San Francisco Patent & Trademark Law Association and serving on the International Trademark Association’s Panel of Neutrals.

Smith served as a law clerk to Judge Giles S. Rich on the Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, predecessor to the U.S. Federal Circuit Court. He has successfully argued cases in the Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit, and has filed briefs on IP subjects in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Smith earned a Masters in Law in patent and trade regulation law from George Washington Law School and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a B.A. in physical sciences from Columbia College.

About Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley

Based in Redwood City, Calif., Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley conducts a multi-service practice offering litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals. The firm's practice areas include appellate; corporate law and business litigation; banking and consumer credit; construction; real estate; employment; environmental; professional liability; intellectual property; insurance coverage, bad faith and regulatory matters; fidelity and surety; product liability; asset protection, estate planning and tax. For more information, visit

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