Michelle B.Smit


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Michelle Smit is an intellectual property lawyer with a broad range of experience, from case development and preparation of the complaint through the jury verdict and appeal.

She has managed fact and expert discovery, prepared witnesses for testimony, taken and defended depositions, briefed and argued motions, and helped prepare teams for trial. Her primary focus is patent, trademark, and trade secret matters and has assisted clients engaged in technology disputes in a wide range of industries.

In addition to her intellectual property practice, Michelle maintains an active pro bono practice representing asylum seekers through the Firm's Border Project. Before joining Jones Day, Michelle worked as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow for Equip for Equality, a nonprofit that protects the human and civil rights of people with disabilities. She is also a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee of Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) and a member of the Ravinia Associates Board.


  • 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 Apple's patent infringement claims relating to processor power saving techniquesJones Day defended 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.