International law firm Dorsey & Whitney announced today that Scott
Smith, M.D., J.D. has joined the Patent and Life Sciences practice
groups in the Firm's Palo Alto office as a Partner. Mr. Smith brings
twelve years of experience as a patent attorney focused on the medical
device industry. His clients range from the pre-funded garage stage to
venture backed start-ups to publicly traded companies. Having served as
a former in-house counsel at several successful medical device
companies, Mr. Smith has extensive experience in patent procurement,
portfolio management, due diligence preparation, freedom-to-operate and
patentability evaluations, and the setup and management of in-house
Mr. Smith represents medical device start-up clients in a wide range of
specialties, including otolaryngology (ENT), pulmonology, spine,
orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology,
women's health, robotic surgery, obesity and orthodontics.
Prior to joining Dorsey, Mr. Smith acted as the Managing Partner of
Knobbe Martens' Silicon Valley office. In addition, Scott held Vice
President and Direcor roles at prominent medical device companies such
as Acclarent, Pulmonx, Baxano, and Align Technology.
"I am very excited to be joining a dynamic and rapidly growing office of
a full service law firm that is laser-focused on representing medical
device start-ups. Dorsey has a long history of working successfully with
device start-ups on the corporate side, and I look forward to rounding
out the Palo Alto team on the IP side," Mr. Smith said.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Scott to Dorsey's Palo Alto office.
He is well-known in the life sciences community as a leading medical
device patent practitioner. His addition allows us to expand and enhance
our turnkey legal service offering for life sciences companies," said
Evan Ng, Partner and co-Chair of Dorsey's Life Sciences and Healthcare
Mr. Smith is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark
office. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Arizona
College of Medicine in 2001. Prior to medical school, he earned his law
degree from the Ohio State University College of Law and his bachelor's
degree from Northwestern University.
About Dorsey Palo AltoDorsey's Palo Alto office serves a
wide variety of clients, from start-ups to established regional,
national and international businesses. Dorsey's Palo Alto attorneys
provide exceptional service to their clients at all stages of their life
cycle and work hard at collaborating and exceeding expectations in order
to become their clients' trusted advisors. The Palo Alto office includes
specialists in multiple practice areas, including life sciences and
healthcare, business and commercial litigation, labor & employment,
corporate law, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, patent, and tax.
Dorsey Palo Alto also serves as a gateway to Dorsey's specialists in
more than 60 practice areas throughout its worldwide platform.
Additional information is available at: www.dorsey.com/paloalto
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