Hugh M. Smith, Ph.D.

Hardware and Software Intellectual Property Consultant/Expert Witness

Dr. Smith has been involved as an intellectual property consultant/expert in numerous technology based matters for over fifteen years.  He has courtroom and deposition testifying experience.  His background is in the areas of Computer Science and Computer Engineering including both hardware and software. 

His intellectual property work includes:

  • Courtroom and deposition testimony

  • Infringement analysis including investigation of both hardware and software

  • Patent Validity/Invalidity analysis

  • Claim chart construction

  • Expert report writing

For over 30 years, Dr. Smith has been active in the fields of computer science and computer engineering.  Areas of expertise include computer software, telephony and computer networks (e.g. cellular, wireless, LAN, WAN),  Internet and web based systems, database systems, operating systems, computer architecture, and parallel and distributed systems. 

Dr. Smith holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in Computer Science, granted by Michigan State University (MSU) in 1999, as well as a Masters degree in Computer Science from MSU and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Xavier University obtained in 1985. He is currently a Full Professor at the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) were he has been a faculty member since 2000.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Smith worked in industry as a project manager, designing and implementing large distributed software systems. Dr. Smith has written numerous peer reviewed technical papers and presented his work at a number of technical conferences.

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     Office: 805-550-8023