April 16, 2019
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery is pleased to announce that Brett J. Smith has rejoined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner. A registered patent attorney, Brett has a diverse practice encompassing patent prosecution and preparation, product clearance and legal opinions, patent portfolio management, patent licensing, and IP litigation. He has counseled clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations, working with industry sectors that include automotive technologies, medical devices, electronic products, industrial systems, and packaging.
Brett originally joined Fitch Even as an associate after passing the bar in 2009. After moving his family to Michigan in 2016, he joined a midsized IP law firm based in Southfield where he focused his practice on domestic and foreign patent prosecution in the mechanical and electromechanical arts, primarily working with clients in the automotive industry.
Brett earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.
We are delighted to welcome Brett back to the Fitch Even team!
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