Smith Piyanan is a law clerk at the firm. He assists the partners in a variety of patent-related projects including prior art searches; drafting and prosecuting applications; preparing responses to USPTO Office Actions; drafting appeal and reply briefs for review by the PTAB; and preparing submissions to the USPTO (e.g. Information Disclosure Statements, Terminal Disclaimers, affidavits and declarations). He also performs legal research and conducts fact investigations, particularly on matters involving engineering and technology.
Smith has five years patent practice experience at a New York City intellectual property firm and he brings that experience to Wissing Miller.
Prior to taking up his legal career, Smith worked as an engineer in telecommunications. He was a Research Project Manager at the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications & Distributed Information Systems (CATT), sponsored by New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation. At CATT, he designed a protocol that improved the signal-to-noise ratio in smartphone communication. While still an undergraduate, he was a Research Assistant at New York University’s Wireless Network Laboratory.
Among Smith’s many technological projects, he designed and constructed a robot that could move freely in open space while detecting obstacles by means of onboard sensors. He is proficient in an array of programming languages and modeling software programs. He is also proficient in Thai and he speaks Lao.
Smith graduated from New York University’s School of Engineering with a B.S., summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering. He is a J.D. candidate at Fordham Law School.