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. 9,547,899 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.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,526,366 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to Scott R. Kempshall for a bag clamp.
  • U.S. Patent No. 9,531,384 awarded Tuesday, December 27, 2016 to University of South Florida for adiabatic dynamic differential logic for differential power analysis resistant secure integrated circuits.
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Recently Issued Trademarks

  • 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.
  • U.S. Trademark Registration No. 5,099,750 was granted on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 for the mark MUSTHANE 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. 5,097,100 was granted on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 for the mark HITZEM in association with sports practice netting, namely, nets for sports by Walker Sports Innovations, LLC.
  • 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.
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