Bill Smith has more than 25 years of experience handling commercial and intellectual property litigation, with a primary focus on patent, trademark, copyright, advertising, and unfair competition matters.
Over the course of his career, Bill has twice represented the successors-in-interest to author Margaret Mitchell in copyright litigation that established and adjudicated the scope of sequel rights in the novel Gone With the Wind. His copyright practice also embraces commercial disputes over the design of consumer products as well as infringement claims involving computer software and related compliance audits.
In the trademark area, Bill has served as principal litigation counsel for a national bedding manufacturer with responsibility for trademark litigation worldwide. He is experienced in all phases of trademark litigation, including preliminary injunction proceedings in federal court and inter partes proceedings before the USPTO. Bill's advertising practice includes disputes involving television, print, internet, and other advertising in the courts as well as in self-regulatory proceedings before the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (NAD).
Bill has appeared in cases before the United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, and Eleventh Circuits; state and federal trial courts in more than 20 states; and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is a member of the Cornell University Alumni Association (past reunion chair, class council representative) and the Atlanta Ad Club and judges the Southeast Regional Moot Court Competition of the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Bill is coordinator of the Intellectual Property Practice in Jones Day's Atlanta Office.
Heatcraft obtains injunctive relief in trade secrets action
Lowe's obtains affirmance of summary judgment in copyright infringement action brought by Progressive Lighting
Angel Flight of Georgia wins superior right to the use of its name
Honors & Distinctions
Named a Georgia Super Lawyer for intellectual property in 2013, 2014, and 2015
Past Master of The Bench, Atlanta Intellectual Property Inn of Court
Winner, Georgia General Litigation Department of the Year, The Daily Report, April 25, 2013