Laura W. Smalley is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Harris Beach PLLC, one of the leading law firms in New York State as ranked by the National Law Journal. She was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and represents clients in patent licensing, litigation and prosecution. Laura focuses on protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and clients’ development of their technology. She has litigated numerous patent infringement suits involving medical devices, electronic components and imaging technology, including acting as trial counsel in a patent infringement action over key components for pacemakers and implantable defibrillators that resulted in a $27 million judgment.
Laura also prosecutes patents in the chemical field and has a technical background in chemistry, including organic and analytical chemistry. She has prosecuted patents relating to cancer immunotherapies, cyclic peptides, medical devices and catalysts, among other technologies. She has participated in post-issuance proceedings, including PTAB and ex parte reexamination proceedings. She is a member of AIPLA and currently serves as the vice-chair of the Biotechnology Committee. She previously served on the committee revising AIPLA’s Model Patent Jury Instructions and on the patentability subcommittee of the Patent Law Committee.