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. 9,426,010 awarded Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to University of South Florida for an adaptive symbol transition method for OFDM-based cognitive radio systems.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,426,658 awarded Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to Syniverse Communications, Inc. for a method of and system for data access over dual data channels with dynamic SIM credential.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,423,445 awarded Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a method of locating a fault in a power distribution system comprising at least one solar panel distributed resource.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,417,277 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a method of locating a fault in a power distribution system comprising at least one wind turbine distributed resource.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,414,904 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to University of South Florida for sacrocolpopexy/sacrocervicopexy vaginal positioning and mesh retention system.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,415,298 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to University of South Florida for a modern dice.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,417,278 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a system for locating a fault in a power distribution system comprising at least one solar panel distributed resource.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,417,276 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a method of locating a fault in a power distribution system comprising at least one cogeneration distributed resource.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,416,456 awarded Tuesday, August 16, 2016 to University of South Florida for nano-hybrid structured regioregular polyhexylthiophene (RRPHTH) blend films for production of photoelectrochemical energy.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,410,956 awarded Tuesday, August 09, 2016 to University of South Florida for micro-RNA profiling in ovarian cancer.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,410,212 awarded Tuesday, August 09, 2016 to University of South Florida for kit for detecting Salmonella species by assaying outer membrane Porin F (OMPF).
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,411,006 awarded Tuesday, August 09, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a method of locating a fault in a power distribution system comprising at least one microturbine distributed resource.
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Recently Issued Trademarks

  • 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. 5,020,320 was granted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 for the mark PLANNINGEDGE in association with downloadable computer software for demand planning, inventory planning, supply planning, and replenishment planning by PlanningEdge LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,014,007 was granted on Tuesday, August 02, 2016 for the mark SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES in association with publications, namely, brochures, booklets, and teaching materials in the fields of social emotional learning, social skills development, character education and violence prevention for school-aged children by C.E. Mendez Foundation, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,014,372 was granted on Tuesday, August 02, 2016 for the mark SYMBIONT SMART SECURITY in association with financial services, namely, providing a virtual currency for use by members of an on-line community via a global computer network by Symbiont.io, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,011,599 was granted on Tuesday, August 02, 2016 for the mark THE RESORT AT LONGBOAT KEY CLUB in association with clothing, namely, t-shirts, golf shirts, sweat shirts, headgear, namely, hats and caps by LB 500 LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,009,484 was granted on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 for the mark CA in association with audio equipment for vehicles, namely, stereos, speakers, amplifiers, equalizers, crossovers and speaker housings by Concrete Audio, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,001,653 was granted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 for the mark ...LIVE READY! in association with entertainment services, namely, providing online blogs, online newsletters, and an ongoing radio show relating to fitness, health and wellness; providing a website featuring information on fitness by Tara Marie, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,003,785 was granted on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 for the mark OPAL SANDS RESORT in association with Hotel services; restaurant, catering, bar and cocktail lounge services; resort and lodging services; provision of general purpose facilities for meetings, conferences and exhibitions; provision of banquet and social function facilities for special occasions; and reservation services for hotel accommodations by Ocean Properties, Ltd..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,003,933 was granted on Saturday, July 16, 2016 for the mark ME2 in association with providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software to customize the look and feel of mobile applications, customize the features and functionality of the mobile application, to extend the platform through a software development kit (SDK) and automatically generate mobile application, websites, and web-widgets by Nitro Mobile Solutions, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,981,865 was granted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 for the mark NAIZ TRADING HOUSE DESIGN in association with brokerage services in the field of produce and wine by NAIZ TRADING HOUSE LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,983,833 was granted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 for the mark CHINOLA in association with liquers by KC Global LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,983,939 was granted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 for the mark FLORIDA'S HEART OF HIGH-TECH in association with educational services, namely, providing courses of instruction for others at the university level by Florida Polytechnic University.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,979,529 was granted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 for the mark Design Logo in association with compression garments for athletic or other non-medical use, namely, compression socks, stockings, leggings, jerseys, vests, trousers, shorts, elbow and sleeves having removable thermal elements by Snapbac, LLC.
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