Jonathan McNealSmith


Los Angeles +

Jonathan McNeal Smith represents clients in technical and high-stakes litigation, focusing primarily on patent infringement litigation in federal courts. His cases have involved a variety of technologies, including medical devices, semiconductors, digital cameras, complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors, DVD and Blu-ray authoring technologies, software, and oil exploration.

Jonathan has experience in all phases of patent litigation. He has played significant roles in multiple federal jury trials, prepared witnesses for trial and depositions, argued various issues in open court, taken and defended expert and fact depositions, authored many briefs, including case-dispositive motions, and managed all aspects of discovery.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Jonathan was part of the trial team representing Nikon Corporation that, within a five-month period, won two significant jury verdicts in the Central District of California, defeating all patent infringement allegations by Carl Zeiss AG and ASML Netherlands B.V.


  • R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris engage in patent battle related to tobacco heating products and vaping productsJones Day is representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company ("Reynolds") and R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company ("RJRV") in several U.S. actions as part of its global patent dispute related to tobacco heating and vaping products. Reynolds filed patent infringement complaints against Philip Morris and Altria entities in the U.S. International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, alleging that Philip Morris' IQOS tobacco heating product infringes a number of Reynolds' patents.
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