Scott Smiley is founder of The Concept Law Group, P.A. Scott is a Registered Patent Attorney, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, and, in addition to his daily legal practice, for the past ten years, has taught Patent Law at Nova Southeastern University’s Law Center. Scott was named one of 2018′s “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers magazine and “Legal Elite” by Florida Trend magazine.
Scott assists clients with trademarks, copyrights, and patents in every technology area. He has served as outside patent counsel to Motorola, IBM, FordDirect, Tire Kingdom, and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, just to name a few. Mr. Smiley served as special patent counsel in a three-year-long patent infringement litigation against The Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., where the court ultimately ruled that The Home Depot engaged in willful patent infringement. As a result, Mr. Smiley’s client was awarded nearly $25 million. The case was argued on appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where the trial court’s decision and jury verdict were affirmed in all respects and Home Depot was required to pay the entire verdict amount. Mr. Smiley recently made the news for being one of the first attorneys to prevail in the United States Patent Office’s new Inter Partes Review proceeding and successfully convinced the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to uphold that decision by the Patent Office. In 2016, Mr. Smiley helped negotiate a confidential settlement on behalf of his client, Uber Promotions, Inc., in a trademark lawsuit brought against Uber Technologies, Inc. wherein Mr. Smiley and his team argued that his client had superior rights to the Uber trademark.
Before entering the field of law, Scott, working as an electrical engineer, designed antennas for military and commercial aircraft communication systems. Notably, he redesigned a major portion of the tail section of the Harrier vertical take-off jet, which housed communication components that facilitate communication with other planes in the air as well as troops on the ground. Scott also designed magnetic components for a broad range of electronic devices, including Motorola pagers, IBM motherboards, the first shocking dog collar, and many others. For several years, Mr. Smiley also served as Professor of Engineering at a local South Florida college, where he taught courses on electrical engineering and computer programming.
For the past nine years, Scott has served as the adjunct professor of patent law at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he earned his law degree. While a student there, he served as Chief Advocate of the Moot Court Honor Society, Asst. Tech. Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law, Student Justice of the Honor Court, Student Prosecutor of the Honor Court, Student Defender of the Honor Court, Winner of Best Brief and Semi-Finalist for Oral Arguments at the E. Earle Zehmer Moot Court Competition, and was granted membership in the National Order of Barristers for “Exhibiting Excellence in Courtroom Advocacy.” In 2008, Scott was first runner up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year award.
Mr. Smiley has litigated numerous cases involving issued patents and trademarks. He handles trademark oppositions and cancellations as well as patent reexaminations and inter partes reviews. Mr. Smiley has also successfully assisted clients secure domain names from cyber squatters through the use of the Uniform Domain Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). On the non-litigation side, Scott has prosecuted patent applications in the fields of electrical circuits, electrical components, wireless communication systems, wireless communication devices, semiconductors, superconductors, fiber optics, computer hardware, assembly-line devices, medical devices, automobile devices, safety devices, building construction, mechanical devices, nuclear-power devices, alternative-power devices, chemical, pharmaceutical, computer networking, clothing, household products, and many more.
Scott was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. At one time, he was the Missouri State Champion go-kart racer. Scott moved to Florida with his parents just before his senior year of high school. He is the father of four children.