Andrew T. Schmid

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Andrew Schmid is an Intellectual Property attorney focusing on worldwide patent procurement. His practice involves mechanical, electromechanical, and computer related technologies including artificial intelligence, distributed systems, encryption systems, telecommunication and networking systems, transcoding and media content recognition, graphical user interfaces, control systems, consumer electronics, robotics, vehicle diagnostics, textiles, and athletic equipment.

  • Drafts and prosecutes patent applications
  • Advises clients on patent procurement strategies
  • Supports various aspects of intellectual property litigation including research and motion drafting
  • Prepares patentability and freedom to operate opinions
  • Performs infringement analysis and provides collaborative design-around counseling

Professional Experience

Prior to becoming an attorney, Andrew conducted technology licensing for engineering departments of a public university. In this role, he interfaced with the academic and the research stages of technology to identify new and viable commercial innovations. Often, this included reviewing collaborative research agreements with attention to nondisclosure and material transfer of confidential information on behalf of the university and its personnel.

Representative Matters

  • Worked as a manufacturing engineer with the following responsibilities:
    • Performing operations management regarding circuit design, component procurement, bill of materials planning, production routing, and accounting
    • Overseeing printed circuit production of over 500 custom switch products
    • Coordinating operations and logistics with international production facilities (e.g., China, Taiwan, Mexico, among others)
    • Conducting quality analysis (e.g., FMEA, electrical testing, gage R&R studies, etc.)
    • Implementing and maintaining ISO 9000 and 14000 standards
    • Reporting on product compliance with regard to ROHS and REACH certifications
  • Certified in Lean and Six Sigma practices
  • Performed engineering work for printed circuit products including:
    • Conductive circuit material qualifications
    • Overlay graphic printing
    • Printed circuit fabrication (e.g., membrane switches and touch screens)
    • Printed circuit material processing (e.g., material conversion, die cutting/stamping, laser cutting, etc.)
    • Printed circuit assembly (e.g., SMT population, soldering, bezel and housing integration, etc.)

Professional Affiliations, Activities and Honors

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • PTAB Bar Association

Education

Mr. Schmid was awarded his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2016. He was a Patent Law Teaching Assistant, a member of the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Team, a member of the Arthur J. Gajarsa American Inn of Courts, and faculty nominated Patent Law and Practice Award winner. He earned his Bachelor of Science in General Engineering, with a concentration in Thermodynamics, from the University of Illinois in 2009.