Nicholas Pfeifer at conference table

Nicholas Pfeifer

Law Firm Partner
Registered Patent Attorney
University of Florida, B.S.
University of Florida , J.D.


Nicholas Pfeifer is a shareholder at Smith & Hopen. He represents universities, corporations, and independent inventors, both domestic and foreign, in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Although Mr. Pfeifer has particular expertise in the mechanical and aerospace engineering, his practice spans across a broad scope of technologies, including medical devices, biotechnology, and software.

Mr. Pfeifer is also part of the firm’s litigation team, in which he advocates on behalf of clients in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the Federal Circuit. Some notable cases include:

Representative Cases

IPR2015-00369, Apple, Inc. v.DSS Technology Management, Inc.        Outcome: The PTAB erroneously found that the Patent was invalid, however, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s finding. 

IPR2015-00373, Apple, Inc. v.DSS Technology Management, Inc.        Outcome: The PTAB erroneously found that the Patent was invalid, however, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s finding.

IPR2016-00539, Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC v. Liberty Ammunition, Inc.        Outcome: Non-institution. Patent Owner awarded a verdict amounting to approximately $70 million over the life of the patent. This is the largest known patent infringement award in U.S. Court of Claims history.

DSS Technology Management, Inc. v. Apple Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018) Outcome: The Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s finding that the Patent was invalid. The infringement case is still underway.

IPR2018-00504, Blasters, Inc. v. Waterblasting, LLC  Outcome: Successfully invalidated claims 1-4 and 10.

Waterblasting, LLC v. Blasters, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019) Outcome: Case settled during pendency of the Federal Circuit appeal.