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Julianne M. Smith*

Senior Patent Agent

*Names that appear with an asterisk indicate a Michael Best professional not admitted to practice law.


Clients look to Julianne for assistance with all phases of patent prosecution regarding mechanical products and systems. Her support for clients encompasses advice on scope of patentability, design and utility patent drafting, noninfringement strategy and patent portfolio development, including patent protection against competitors’ manufacture and sale of knockoff products.

Julianne assists with prosecution of both U.S. and international patent applications, and works with global law firms to obtain U.S. patent protection. She brings a technical background to bear on the full procedural spectrum of patent matters related to the following areas:

  • Construction equipment
  • Dispensers
  • Ventilation systems
  • Heat exchangers
  • Windshield wiper blades
  • Roof mount systems
  • Pumps
  • Food processing equipment
  • Power tools
  • Vacuum cleaners

Prior to joining the firm, Julianne was a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she focused on inventions related to farming equipment, garden tools and pipe couplings.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
  • Member, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society


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