United States Registered Patent Attorneys

Smith & Hopen represents clients world-wide in a practice limited exclusively to intellectual property law including patents, trademarks and related litigation.  The firm is one of the largest IP practices in the State of Florida and represents clients ranging from independent inventors to Fortune 100 institutions.  All attorneys at Smith & Hopen are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Achievements

Inter Partes Review

  • August 4, 2016: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied institution of a trial (IPR2016-00539 ) against patent number 7,748,325 for all claims asserted.   Smith & Hopen prosecuted the original patent before the USPTO and defended the patent before the PTAB.  The same patent was also found valid and infringed by the U.S. Court of Claims which awarded a verdict amounting to approximately $70 million over the life of the patent. This is the largest known patent award in Court of Claims history. The non-institution decision is final and non-appealable.
  • October 6, 2015: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied institution of a trial (IPR201500569 ) against patent number RE44748 for all claims asserted in a related litigation.   Smith & Hopen wrote, prosecuted and defended the patent before the PTAB.  The same patent was also found valid and infringed the same month by a jury in Tampa, Florida that awarded a multi-million dollar verdict.
  • March 4, 2015:  The PTAB denied institution of a trial (IPR201401414 ) against patent number RE43904. Smith & Hopen both wrote the subject patent and represented the patent owner before the PTAB, opposing counsel: Kilpatrick Towsend & Stockton LLP.

Representative Clients

University of South Florida
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
Colorado State University
University of Colorado
Moffitt Cancer Center
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical
Florida Gulf Coast University
Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Polytechnic University of Turin

Recently Awarded Patents

  • U.S. Patent No. 9,506,213 awarded Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to Omega Trestle LLC for a rectilinear connector for pile, panels and pipes.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,504,932 awarded Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to E3 Solutions, LLC for waste water evaporator.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,504,440 awarded Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to University of South Florida for an electronic catheter stethoscope.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,509,858 awarded Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to Krush Communications, LLC for a calling card replenishment system.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,500,717 awarded Tuesday, November 22, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a method for small-signal stability assessment of power systems using source side and load side series voltage injection perturbations.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,493,695 awarded Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to University of South Florida for a method of encapsulating a phase change material with a metal oxide.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,494,389 awarded Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to TheFlorida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a structurally reinforced optically transparent bulletproof panel.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,487,776 awarded Tuesday, November 08, 2016 to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc. for a method of identifying myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,490,420 awarded Tuesday, November 08, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for polymer foam-based piezoelectric materials and method of manufacture.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,486,545 awarded Tuesday, November 08, 2016 to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc. for a method of screening for colon cancer using biomarkers.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,486,626 awarded Tuesday, November 08, 2016 to University of South Florida for a passive electric field focus system for in vivo and in vitro applications.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,480,245 awarded Tuesday, November 01, 2016 to Keith A. Palinkas for a fishing rod with telescoping handle.
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Recently Issued Trademarks

  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,092,346 was granted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 for the mark DOCUPHASE in association with computer software for use in data management for providing a paperless office in the field of office paperwork management by iDatix Corporation.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,092,815 was granted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 for the mark LEANEDIT.COM in association with computer software for analyzing video by Leanedit, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,064,417 was granted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 for the mark Web2MARC in association with providing a website featuring on-line non-downloadable software that enables users to automatically generate a machine-readable cataloging record for resources they find on the web by The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,063,356 was granted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 for the mark W stylized logo in association with vehicle repair and maintenance by WheelTime Network, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,056,116 was granted on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 for the mark HEAR MY VOICE in association with providing an interactive website featuring information relating to political issues by Hear My Voice, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,056,117 was granted on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 for the mark Design in association with providing an interactive website featuring information relating to political issues by Hear My Voice, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,049,664 was granted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 for the mark EZ-SOOTHE in association with probiotic supplements for dogs and cats by Stratford Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,048,625 was granted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 for the mark BLUE WATER PREDATOR in association with shirts, shorts and hats by Innovative Technologies Group, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,048,627 was granted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 for the mark Fishing Hook Logo in association with clothing, namely, shirts, shorts and hats by Innovative Technologies Group, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,029,830 was granted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 for the mark Design Logo in association with downloadable computer software for demand planning, inventory planning, supply planning, and replenishment planning by PlanningEdge LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,029,767 was granted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 for the mark BADASS TIMERS in association with electronic timers; mechanical timers by BadAss Timers, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,025,283 was granted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 for the mark NAILS in association with nail care salons; nail care services by Pham Management Corp..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,025,516 was granted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 for the mark THE PRACTICE GROWTH FORMULA in association with workshops and seminars in the field of law practice management and marketing by Atticus, Inc..
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