Mr. Smetka concentrates his practice in intellectual property with an emphasis on patent and trademark prosecution.
In the area of patent prosecution, his focus
is primarily in the electromechanical arts. He has experience preparing utility
and design applications patent applications, as well as responding to Office
Actions and preparing patentability opinions. He also has experience
prosecuting trademark applications and advising clients on trademark filing
strategies. He has assisted clients prosecuting patents related to automotive,
agricultural implement, home appliance, and medical instrument technologies, as
well as prosecuting trademarks in the sports equipment and apparel industry.
Mr. Smetka has experience working with
clients that range from solo inventors to large corporations. His past legal
experience includes working at an intellectual property boutique firm, as well
as in-house for a growing corporation, to develop strategies for protecting
intellectual property rights.
Mr. Smetka received his J.D. and LL.M.
(Intellectual Property) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in
2013 and his B.S., cum laude, from
Saginaw Valley State University in 2009. He is licensed to practice in the
States of Iowa and North Carolina and before the United States Patent and
**Not Licensed or Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Michigan