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Susan Smith

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

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Intellectual Property




Susan handles all phases of patent and trademark litigation, including motions practice, discovery, claim construction, trial, and appeal. In the patent area, she has had particular experience against non-practicing entities, achieving dismissal of complaints, orders of transfer to the client's jurisdiction, favorable claim construction rulings, stays of litigation pending reexamination, and early summary judgment. Susan was named an "IP Star" and one of the “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property.

For trademark clients, Susan conducts clearances, drafts opinions, prosecutes trademark applications, manages worldwide trademark portfolios, brings and defends enforcement matters, handles opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal board, and litigates in federal court. Susan has served as outside trademark counsel for some of the world's leading brands, including Walmart, Apple, Volkswagen, DISH, Bosch and the United States Olympic Committee. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by World Trademark Review 1000 in the areas of "enforcement & litigation" and "prosecution & strategy" (2015). She has also received recognition from The US Legal 500 in the area of "Intellectual Property – Trademarks: litigation" (2013, 2016-2017) and "Intellectual Property – Trademarks: non-contentious" (2014-2017).


  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Maryland State Bar Association


  • JD, Washington University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • BA, Brown University

United States: Intellectual property

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is particularly experienced in district court litigation, but also shows strength in appellate work; Hatch-Waxman litigation is another key area. Washington DC’s John Hutchins is defending Apple in litigation against Limestone Memory Systems and is also representing the client in the corresponding IPR proceeding. In New York, Michael Lennon successfully assisted defendant Volkswagen Group of America in an infringement litigation involving multiple IPRs against West View Research regarding patents on a wireless apparatus and a display apparatus. Susan Smith in Washington DC and John Flock in New York are also noted. Clients include Kawasaki Rail Car and Volusion.

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Trademarks: litigation

Within: Trademarks: litigation

The group at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has experience across an array of contentious matters, including proceedings before the TTAB. Co-chair Edward Colbert, who is based in New York, has been leading advice to Constellation Brands on various trademark and trade dress infringement issues, including opposition proceedings. Colbert has also been acting for William Grant & Sons on damages claims brought by the Russian Federation before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York arising from the ‘Stolichnaya’ and ‘Stoli’ marks. New York-based James Rosini has been representing Yeti in a number of disputes brought against Ontel Products regarding allegations of infringement of Yeti’s trade dress. The group also includes practice co-head Jeff Dodd in Houston and the well-regarded Susan Smith in Washington DC.

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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Within: Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s IP and technology group has considerable experience assisting clients with portfolio management, prosecutions and proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Washington DC, co-chair Edward Colbert has been representing the World Baseball Softball Confederation in opposition proceedings brought against FIFA regarding registration issues. Also in Washington DC, Susan Smith has been advising Volkswagen Group of America and Audi of America on all domestic trademark matters, including applications, enforcement and registration. Also headed by Jeff Dodd in Houston, the team includes James Rosini in New York and Michele Schwartz in Dallas.

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