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. 9,558,678 awarded Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to Michael E. Nerney for a near-infrared imager training device.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,555,394 awarded Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to University of South Florida for a method of making ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbents.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,547,899 awarded Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to University of South Florida for mobile hemolysis detection in whole blood samples.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,542,528 awarded Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for automated extraction of bio-entity relationships from literature.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,541,112 awarded Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to University of South Florida for an invisible picture hanging dot.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,543,013 awarded Tuesday, January 10, 2017 to University of South Florida for magnetic tunnel junction ternary content addressable memory.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,536,448 awarded Tuesday, January 03, 2017 to Stan Back Productions, Inc. for a device and method for displaying pediatric medical instructions.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,534,353 awarded Tuesday, January 03, 2017 to SeSoto Excavating, Inc. for a machine for digging or refurbishing swales.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,528,982 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Inc. for BAD phosphorylation determines ovarian cancer chemo-sensitivity and patient survival.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,526,885 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to University of South Florida for microneedles with sharpened tips and corresponding method of fabrication.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,528,290 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to PLS Technologies, Inc. for utility or meter pole top reinforcement method and apparatus.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,531,077 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to University of South Florida for a flexible antenna and method of manufacture.
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Recently Issued Trademarks

  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,141,747 was granted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 for the mark BEAUTY, BRAINS, AND BICEPS in association with Entertainment services, namely, providing online blogs and online newsletters relating to fitness, health and wellness; Providing a website featuring information on fitness and Providing a website featuring information on health and wellness by Tara Marie, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,141,765 was granted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 for the mark Silhouette design in association with Entertainment services, namely, providing online blogs and online newsletters relating to fitness, health and wellness; Providing a website featuring information on fitness and Providing a website featuring information on health and wellness by Tara Marie, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,141,831 was granted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 for the mark TARA MARIE in association with Entertainment services, namely, providing online blogs and online newsletters relating to fitness, health and wellness; Providing a website featuring information on fitness and Providing a website featuring information on health and wellness by Tara Marie, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,142,911 was granted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 for the mark ANIMAL INSTINCT in association with ammunition by Liberty Ammunition, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,142,153 was granted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 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, to customize the features and functionality of the mobile applications, to extend the platform through a software development kit (SDK) and to automatically generate mobile applications, websites, and web widgets by Nitro Mobile Solutions, LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,134,413 was granted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 for the mark SWITCH in association with safety overflow switches for liquids by South Source, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,127,268 was granted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 for the mark DOUBLE DUG TREES in association with living trees by Cannon Trees, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,125,310 was granted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 for the mark CONCRETE AUDIO 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. 5,114,411 was granted on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 for the mark BULL RUNNER in association with transportation services, namely, providing shuttle service by bus by University of South Florida.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,114,951 was granted on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 for the mark THE TRAINING GROUND in association with membership club services, namely, providing online information and group consulting to members in the field of fitness by Tara Marie, Inc..
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,107,515 was granted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 for the mark FARMERS CHILE in association with brokerage services in the field of produce and wine by Naiz Trading House LLC.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,099,752 was granted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for the mark MUSTMOVE in association with non-metal portable, mats for use in constructing relocatable roadways and ground coverings; surface materials for use in supporting any type of vehicle or persons on roadways or any type of grounds in the nature of portable non-metal mats; and modular airfield systems comprising non-metal helicopter landing mats by Musthane.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,100,849 was granted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for the mark SKYCREST in association with investment advisory services by SkyCrest Captial Partners, LLC.
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