Mr. Smolen’s practice focuses on IP and technology transactions, including counseling, structuring and negotiating deals in industries such as networking, data centers, eCommerce, cloud computing, big data, software, hardware, patent licensing, Internet, and others. His strategic counseling experience includes helping companies of all sizes develop processes for inbound and outbound licensing, patent programs, and open-source software.

LOCATION: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: California, Virginia, United States Patent Office

CURRENT FIRM: Belcher, Smolen & Van Loo, LLP

PRIOR FIRM(S): Bingham McCutchen  |  Kenyon & Kenyon

LAW SCHOOL: Columbia University

ADVANCED DEGREES: M.S., M.Phil (Physics); J.D.

HONORS AND AWARDS: Named Corporate IP Star of 2017 by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine; Phi Beta Kappa; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Former Law Clerk to the Hon. Jay Plager, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Intellectual Property

(Licensing Transactions, Open Source Software Counseling and Compliance, Patent Law, Patent Prosecution, Counseling and Strategy, Trademark Law, Outside General Counsel)

INDUSTRY: Medical Devices, Networking, Data Centers, eCommerce, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Software and Hardware, Patent Licensing, Internet,

NOTABLE ROLES/EXPERIENCE: Former law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit