Michelle B.Smit


Chicago + 1.312.269.1565

Michelle Smit advises clients on the development, protection, and enforcement of intellectual property assets in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to e-commerce to education to telecommunications. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, involving primarily patents and trademarks, as well as copyrights.

Michelle has experience in a broad range of prelitigation activities, including fact and expert discovery, preparing for and assisting at depositions, and drafting various types of briefs and motions, including summary judgment briefs. She has represented clients in proceedings filed in federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Michelle maintains an active pro bono practice by assisting with the Firm's Laredo Project where she provides immigration counseling and representation to Central American women fleeing persecution. Before joining Jones Day, Michelle worked as a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow for Equip for Equality (EFE), a nonprofit that protects the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. She is also actively involved with Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) and The Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law.


  • YS Garments wins complete dismissal of trademark cancellation appeal and renewed trademark infringement claims brought by purported sportswear apparel competitorJones Day successfully defended YS Garments, LLC ("YS Garments"), a leading designer and supplier of fashion blanks, in securing a complete dismissal of both an appeal from the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's order cancelling a trademark registration owned by Next Level Sportsystems and Sierra Sportswear (collectively, “NLS”) and NLS's renewed allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, and deceptive trade practices by YS Garments.
  • Qualcomm defends against Apple's patent infringement claims relating to processor power saving techniquesJones Day is defending Qualcomm Incorporated against Apple, Inc.'s allegations that Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors – CPU/GPU/Baseband Modem System on Chip – infringe a number of Apple's patents directed to power saving techniques for use in processors.
  • Education service provider obtains $700 million asset-based revolving loan facilityJones Day advised an education service provider and certain of its subsidiaries in connection with a $700 million secured asset-based revolving loan facility.