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Evan Smith, Partner at cryptocurrency law firm Cogent Law Group, and DeFi, IP and cryptocurrency law specialist

Evan Smith



Intellectual Property, Corporate Law and Litigation

Evan Smith is a licensed patent attorney, electrical engineer, MBA and serial entrepreneur who founded tech startups serving international markets. He gained broad corporate experience as an adviser to startup companies, CEO of Eye Controls LLC, COO and General Counsel at EyeTicket Corporation, and general counsel of a well-established fintech company. As a partner at Greenberg Traurig, he led the intellectual property department at the firm’s main technology office.

Evan’s strategic advice on corporate and IP issues draws on decades of experience in all aspects of forming companies, raising funds, and protecting, enforcing, and licensing patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. He has been an advisor to hundreds of fast-growing companies that built valuable portfolios in the medical, electronic, internet, computer, and mechanical fields.

Evan has represented patent holders and accused infringers in federal courts across the country. His extensive litigation experience includes successful enforcement of a key power-over-ethernet patent (ultimately generating $38 million in royalties), similarly successful enforcement and licensing of a fintech patent portfolio across the U.S. financial industry, and resolution of numerous trademark cases.

Evan received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, his MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the DC and Virginia bars, and admitted to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.