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Philip  Smithback

Philip Smithback


New York
T: +1 212 836 8297
F: +1 212 836 8689

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  • New York University
    JD, 2012, Intellectual Property Scholarship
  • University of Chicago
    BA, Physics, 2006

Bar Admission(s)

  • New York

Philip Smithback is an Associate in the Intellectual Property Department. His practice focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigations. He has represented clients in patent litigations across a range of fields, including pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, electronics and consumer goods manufacturing. He has also worked on trademark, copyright and land use litigation. Philip has participated in all stages of trial preparation, and has experience with discovery, depositions, brief writing and motion practice in both Federal and State Court proceedings.

In addition to his intellectual property practice, Philip has also done extensive pro bono work. He has counseled low income entrepreneurs on the legal aspects of their businesses, as well as how to obtain intellectual property protection for their products and services. Additionally, he has represented tennants in landlord disputes and secured benefits for disabled citizens.

During law school, Philip was an executive editor on the New York University Environmental Law Journal, and researched nuclear waste regulation policy. Before that, he worked in the Rock Laboratory researching the physical properties of unconventional myosins X and XV in order to understand how their selectivity for different cytoskelletal features allows the targeted delivery of intracellular cargo.