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Gregory J. Kirsch

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Patent Law and Intellectual Property Law


Gregory J. Kirsch is a partner in the Atlanta and Washington, DC offices of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, and is the head of the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) Department. He is an experienced IP attorney, with a particular focus on patent matters. He assists clients in identifying and protecting their IP, utilizing offensive and defensive procedures at the US Patent and Trademark Office to challenge and defend IP rights, developing and managing IP portfolios in the US and foreign jurisdictions, as well as IP licensing and litigation.

Kirsch has served as an adjunct professor of IP law at Emory Law since 1997 and has taught various classes over the years, including IP Survey, Patent Law, and most recently Patent Practice and Procedure. He also serves as adjunct professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he annually teaches IP Protection for Computer Software over a long weekend.

Kirsch received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1990, and he earned a BS in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Iowa in 1987. He is admitted to practice law in Georgia and DC, as well as in Virginia (inactive). Kirsch is actively involved in various local and national IP organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia IP Section (chair 2000-2001), the ABA IP Law Section (chair Patent Policy Committee 2008-09), the Atlanta IP Inn of Court, and the AIPLA.