333 Bush Street, 21st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Telephone:  (415) 217-8383
Facsimile:  (415) 339-0593
Email:  tomsmegal@smegallaw.com

J.D., George Washington University Law School, cum laude (1961)
Distinguished Alumnus 1995
B.S.Ch.E., Michigan College of Mining & Technology (1957)

California (1963), Virginia (1961), District of Columbia (1962), United
States Supreme Court (1965), Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
(1982), Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals (1963), United States District
Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of
California, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office (1962)

Professional Experience:
Thomas Smegal specializes in providing expert witness testimony – and
acting as an arbitrator, mediator or special master – in intellectual
property disputes.  Mr. Smegal has
been a frequent lecturer on
intellectual property law and litigation at the Center for
American and
International Law and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well
as in educational seminars sponsored by the state and national

ntellectual property law associations.  

Mr. Smegal was a partner in the San Francisco office of Knobbe, Martens,
Olson & Bear from 1998, when he opened that office, through 2005.  Prior
to joining Knobbe, Martens,
Olson & Bear, Mr. Smegal was a senior
partner in charge of the intellectual property
department at the San
Francisco law firm of Graham & James (1992-1998).  From 1965-1992,
Mr. Smegal was a San Francisco partner in Townsend and Townsend,
serving as their first managing partner from 1974 until 1989. Prior to
joining Townsend & Townsend,
 Mr. Smegal had been a patent attorney
with Shell Development Company in Emeryville,

During the past 43 years, while engaged in the full-time practice of
intellectual property law, Mr. Smegal has prepared and prosecuted over a
thousand U.S. patent and trademark applications, rendered hundreds of
infringement and validity opinions
regarding U.S. patents, participated as
lead trial counsel in United States District Court
trials involving patent
validity and infringement and has served as an arbitrator, mediator,
special master and expert witness in many intellectual property disputes.

Public Service:
Mr. Smegal has been nominated by two presidents to serve on the Board
of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation.  His 1984 nomination by
President Reagan,
unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate,
resulted in Mr. Smegal's service on the eleven-member Board through
1989.  His nomination by President Clinton in 1993, again following
unanimous United States Senate confirmation, resulted in Mr. Smegal's
second term of service on the Board through 2003.  In recognition of his
life-long dedication to delivering legal services to the indigent, the
National Legal Aid and Defender Association honored him in 1987 as the
recipient of its prestigious Arthur Von
Breson Award.  

Association Involvement:
In national organizations relating to the practice of intellectual property
law, Mr. Smegal was President of the American Intellectual Property Law
Association (1986); Chair of the
American Bar Association Section of
Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law (1990-1992),
President of the
Board of Directors of the International Association of Intellectual Property
Lawyers (1995-2001); on the Advisory Committee of the Court of Appeals
for the Federal Circuit (1991-1997); Chair of the Board of Directors of the
National Council of Intellectual
Property Law (1988); and President of the
National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (1987).  In California, Mr.
Smegal served as President of the  Patent Law Association of
San Francisco (1974); and Chairman of the Patent, Trademark and
Copyright Section of the California State Bar (1979-1980).  

Mr. Smegal served on the American Bar Association (ABA) Board of
Governors, as its member representing the lawyers of California (1994-
1997); in its House of Delegates
(1987-2001); and as Chair of the ABA
Section Officers Conference (1992-1994).  

Mr. Smegal was President of the Bar Association of San Francisco
(1979); President, Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San
Francisco (1982-1984); President, San
Francisco Bar Association
Foundation (1976); and President, San Francisco Institute of
Criminal Justice (OR Project).  

From 1985-1987, Mr. Smegal was one of fifteen elected lawyers
members of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, serving
as Vice President in his final year.  He was also a member of the
California State Bar Conference of Delegates Executive

Representative Publications:
Mr. Smegal is the author of the following articles, "Management of an
Intellectual Property Law Organization," American Patent Law Association
Professional Development Program, January 1979; "Tax Considerations
Relevant to Domesitc and International Transfer of Industrial Property
Rights," Practising Law Institute:  Technology Licensing,
Volume e, 1982;
"Industrial Property/La Propriete Industrielle," World Intellectual Property
Organization magazine, Special Issue, October 1982; "Exporting Patent
Litigation to China," The San Francisco Attorney, August/September
1987; "Proving Commercial Success - Is Nexus Still Required?"
American Intellectual Property Law Association,
Continuing Legal
Education Institute, January 1989; "High Court Considers Trade Dress
Issues," The National Law Journal, April 27, 1992; "Legality of 'Interim
Copying' is Disputed," The National Law Journal, July 6, 1992; "Federal
Circuit CLarifies Laches
Defense," The National Law Journal, September
28, 1992; "Inequitable Conduct, Caches
and Estoppel," Practising Law
Institute, November 1992; "The Misuse Defense in Copyright Litigation,"
The National Law Journal, February 15, 1993; "Questions Persist
on Security Interests," The National Law Journal, June 28, 1993;
"Russian Software:  New Laws, New Risks," The National law Journal,
September 13, 1993; "The Current Re-Examination Process for
Compton's NewMedia Patent May Redefine and Substantially
Limit the Company's...," The National Law Journal, April 4, 1994; "By
Taking Precautions Sellers of CD ROMS and Multimedia Products Can
Minimize the Risks in Using Public
Domain Works," The National Law
Journal, June 1994; "Proposed Amendments to the
Copyright Act Would
Address Concerns Raised by the Emergence of the National
Information Infrastructure", The National Law Journal, November 7, 1994;
"A Licencee's Rights in an Original Work that Secures a Loan Will Hinge
on Whether and When the
Security Interest was Properly Perfected", The
National Law Journal, March 6, 1995.;
"Access to Justice - The Critical
Issue for the ABA", George Washington Magazine, November 1996;
“Trade Secrets in the United States”, Patent World, October 1998 Issue

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