Rose Hickman Smith
Rose Hickman Smith is the Managing Partner of StrategyIP and practices in all aspects of Intellectual Property, including prosecution, litigation, licensing, and opinion work involving trademarks, patents, domain names, copyrights, rights of publicity, and trade secrets.
Rose has helped her clients secure and enforce monopolies on their ideas and protect the goodwill of their brand names for over ten years, and has been recognized as a top Intellectual Property attorney by numerous sources. These honors include receiving a perfect 10/10 rating from AVVO, being listed in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the "Top Women Lawyers in Southern California", Coast Magazine as a "Top Intellectual Property Attorney," OC Register Metro as a "Top Attorney in Patent Applications," a "Lawyer of Distinction" in California, reserved for the top 10% of attorneys in the state. Super Lawyer Magazine also named Ms. Hickman as a Southern California "Rising Star" in 2004 (inaugural year), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012, an honor reserved for the top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in the region. She has also been listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law.
In her patent work, Rose has handled a wide range of technologies, such as software, integrated circuits, fuel cells, flat panel displays, interplanetary rovers, medical devices, complex mechanical systems, and computer implemented business methods. She has worked on patents for high-tech clients, including Samsung SDI, IBM, Intel, California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA, University of California Regents, Broadcom, Gemstar, and many others. Ms. Hickman has a B.S. in Physics from the College of William and Mary, and worked in satellite technology/remote sensing at NASA Langley and Georgia Institute of Technology before attending law school at the University of Southern California.
In her trademark work, Rose has helped clients from individual startups to international corporations secure and enforce their trademark rights from initial trademark selection to litigation. She has also advised and advocated for her clients on domain name issues, such as selection, transfer, and enforcement. She has worked on trademark matters for clients, such as Guess?, Neiman Marcus, True Religion, Albertsons, DIRECTV, Bobrick, Galardi Group, and many others.