Nicholas Pfeifer

Nicholas Pfeifer
Nicholas Pfeifer is a shareholder at Smith & Hopen. He represents universities, corporations, and independent inventors, both domestic and foreign, in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Although Mr. Pfeifer has particular expertise in the mechanical and aerospace engineering, his practice spans across a broad scope of technologies, including medical devices, biotechnology, and software.

Mr. Pfeifer is also part of the firm's litigation team, in which he advocates on behalf of clients in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Circuit. Some notable cases include:

IPR2015-00369, Apple, Inc. v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
       OutcomeThe PTAB erroneously found that the Patent was invalid, however, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB's finding.
 
IPR2015-00373, Apple, Inc. v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
       OutcomeThe PTAB erroneously found that the Patent was invalid, however, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB's finding.

IPR2016-00539, Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC v. Liberty Ammunition, Inc.
       OutcomeNon-institution. Patent Owner awarded a verdict amounting to approximately $70 million over the life of the patent. This is the largest known patent infringement award in U.S. Court of Claims history.

DSS Technology Management, Inc. v. Apple Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018)
Outcome: The Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB's finding that the Patent was invalid. The infringement case is still underway.
 
Mr. Pfeifer earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law along with the Intellectual Property Law Certificate. In addition, Mr. Pfeifer worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO during a summer externship where he reviewed patent applications in the land vehicles art unit. During his time working as an examiner, Mr. Pfeifer received valuable insight into patent examination, and the teachings and mindset of patent examiners. 
 
Prior to earning his legal degree, Mr. Pfeifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida. In addition, he worked in the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group at the University of Florida gaining experience in the design, fabrication, simulation, and analysis of microsystems.
 
Mr. Pfeifer is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is a member of the Virginia bar.  


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