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Phil Smith


A lawyer and an engineer, Phil joined Ofinno for the opportunity to work side-by-side with inventors during the patent process. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Penn State and began his intellectual property career at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications in the field of electronic surgical endoscopes. While fulfilling his duties as a Primary Examiner, Phil earned a juris doctor from George Mason University with a concentration in legal & economic theory.

Later, he worked in private practice at the law firm of Muncy, Geissler, Olds, & Lowe, drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to wireless communication systems, satellite positioning, and optical data transmission devices. Before taking a role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Phil managed Ofinno’s patent portfolio of core network technologies, including network slicing, internet of things, time-sensitive networking, satellite communication, and aerial vehicles.