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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Strategic Counseling
  • Litigation
  • Semiconductor
  • Trademark and Trade Dress Litigation


  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court of Arizona
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office

Rowan P. Smith


Phone: 602.457.5225
Office: Phoenix

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Rowan Smith is an experienced intellectual property attorney who provides thoughtful legal counseling and business advice to assist clients in maximizing the value of their intellectual assets. His practice includes patent prosecution, copyright and trademark registration, licensing, and technology-related transactions. He regularly works with clients of all sizes, including multi-national companies, non-profit organizations, and sole inventors, to develop business-driven strategies for effectively and efficiently protecting his clients’ most valuable assets.

Rowan’s technical background is in electrical engineering and computer science and he has worked with inventors to protect inventions in many technological areas, including electrical and mechanical systems, semiconductor assembly, test, and packaging, power amplifiers, data communication encryption schemes, machine learning systems for content delivery, medical devices, and asset tracking and management systems. He also provides patent and technology counseling on litigation and licensing matters.

Rowan also assists clients in non-patent matters, including the registration and protection of copyrights, the filing and prosecution of trademark applications, technology licensing, and the protection of trade secrets.

Before law school, Rowan worked as a software engineer for Honeywell’s Laboratory Services and Integrated Testing Center. At Honeywell, Rowan developed technologies to assist in the manufacturing and testing of jet engines.

Representative Technologies

Areas of technology where Rowan has drafted and prosecuted patent
applications include:

  • Analog & Digital Circuit Design
  • Asset Tracking and Management Systems
  • Data Security Technologies & Cryptography
  • eCommerce systems
  • Efficient SIP Communication Algorithms
  • Enterprise Software Systems
  • High-Performance Mechanical Systems
  • Low-Power Display Screen Technologies
  • Machine Learning and AI Technologies for Content Delivery
  • Medical Devices
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law (J.D., 2007)
  • Arizona State University (B.S.E.E., 2002)
    • Major: Electrical Engineering
  • Named a 2017 BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star”
  • Selected for inclusion in the Southwest Super Lawyers® – Rising
    Stars 2013 Edition (Intellectual Property)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
Community Involvement
  • Member of the board of trustees for the Arizona Science Center
  • Board member of the SciTech Institute


Representative Experience
  • Worked with a research hospital to develop patent protection program as part of technology transfer and licensing efforts for medical devices and technologies including ablation catheter devices, spinal support systems, and patient data management systems.
  • Worked with a multi-national education technology companies to manage international patent portfolio. Executed invention harvesting processes to meet with engineers, identify and understand newly-developed and strategic technologies, and secure protection on the same.
  • Assisted small client with patent filings as part of venture capital funding negotiations.
  • Provided in-house intellectual property training for engineers at a large e-commerce transaction company to successfully increase volume of new invention disclosures.

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