Kate DeVries Smith

Kate helps businesses of all sizes to achieve their goals related to intellectual property.

Her specialties include applying for and obtaining patents, analyzing patent clearance and infringement issues, managing patent portfolios, drafting patent-related agreements, patent reexamination proceedings and other intellectual property counseling. She has worked with a wide range of technologies, including mechanical and electrical devices, software systems, medical devices, cardiac rhythm management devices, windows and building structures, consumer products, packaging, radio communication devices, vacuum devices and optical films and structures.

During her undergraduate study in physics, Kate’s research assistant work related to computer modeling for atomic and molecular collisions involved computer programming in the C++ language. This experience, along with her internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory honed her ability to grasp complex technologies and to work with scientists and engineers of diverse areas of expertise. 

Kate is committed to pro bono work, and has performed housing law work through the Volunteer Lawyers Network since 2001. Kate has served on the Volunteer Lawyers Network board of directors since 2003, and chaired the board in 2012.

Kate received the Pro Bono Publico Award for Excellence for a private sector attorney in 2012 from the Hennepin County Bar Association. The Volunteer Lawyers Network named Kate the 2005 Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.

Prior to co-founding Pauly, DeVries Smith & Deffner, Kate was a partner at the law firm of Merchant & Gould, where she practiced law for 9 years. Kate has repeatedly been named a Rising Star and a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine.



Drake University 
B.S., Physics, cum laude, 1993

University of Michigan Law School 
J.D., cum laude, 1996

Bar Admissions

Minnesota State Bar, 1996

Minnesota Federal Bar, 1997

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Minnesota State Bar Association 

Hennepin County Bar Association