Tera Smith


Tera Smith

Tera’s current practice emphasizes patent preparation and prosecution in a wide range of technical areas including disk and solid-state storage technologies, semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes, optics, spaceflight technologies, quantum computing, computing device accessories and other computer hardware, a wide range of mechanical devices, and software in a variety of fields including artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality, graphics rendering and processing, encryption, network security, and more.

She enjoys counseling clients on cost-effective IP strategies and also has experience in performing intellectual property portfolio due diligence and patent analysis (non-infringement/infringement, validity/invalidity, freedom to operate, and patentability).

Tera has been practicing IP law since 2012. Prior to law school, Tera earned undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy at CU-Boulder and held a number of different research and engineering positions. Tera has been selected as a “Colorado Rising Star” for the past four consecutive years, meaning she’s recognized by her peers as a top-rated attorney. An active runner, Tera has completed several half marathons and a handful of full marathons. She also loves spending time in the mountains and has summited several of Colorado’s fourteeners.


J.D. – University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
B.A. Physics – University of Colorado (magna cum laude)
B.A. Astronomy – University of Colorado


United States Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Organizations

Colorado Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
Colorado Pro Bono Patent Initiative
Colorado Women’s Bar Association
The Richard S. Linn, American Inn of Court – Board Member 2020-2021

Honors & Awards

Scholastic Excellence Award – Patent Law 2011
Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2019-2024
SuperLawyers Badge 2019-2024