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Smith & Hopen
United States Registered Patent Attorneys


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.

Recent Achievements

Inter Partes Review

  • 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.

PTAB History - First Ever CMB Denial

  • February 18, 2014: Defended US Patent RE43904 against a Covered Business Method Review before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
  • Obtained the first ever non-institution decision in history (CBM2013-00047)

Largest Court of Claims Patent Award

  • December 19, 2014: the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found that the United States Army infringed on U.S. Pat. 7,748,325 (written by Smith & Hopen) for a Firearms Projectile that replaces lead-based ammunition. 
  • The court initially awarded the patent owner $15,617,533.68 in damages as of April 30, 2013. 
  • With interest, that judgment should be in the $25m range by the end of 2015 and approximately $70,000,000 over the life of the patent (Court's Order). 

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. 9,314,103 awarded  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to University of South Florida for a sling-back chair.

U.S. Patent No. 9,314,375 awarded  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to University of South Florida for a method for auto-regulation of intraocular pressure.

U.S. Patent No. 9,318,632 awarded  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to University of South Florida for bare quantum DOTS superlattice photonic devices.

U.S. Patent No. 9,316,701 awarded  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for real-time small-signal stability assessment of power electronic-based components in contemporary power systems.

U.S. Patent No. 9,308,210 awarded  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 to University of South Florida for a method for modulating canonical WNT pathway using folate and inositol.

U.S. Patent No. 9,309,462 awarded  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 to Flo-Tec Automation Associates, Inc. for a polymer-surfactant composition for soil and method of use.

U.S. Patent No. 9,301,965 awarded  Tuesday, April 05, 2016 to University of South Florida for a method of treating ovarian cancer using a PKC inhibitor.

U.S. Patent No. 9,295,988 awarded  Tuesday, March 29, 2016 to Colorado State University Research Foundation for a microfluidic cytochemical staining system.

U.S. Patent No. 9,291,507 awarded  Tuesday, March 22, 2016 to University of South Florida for a differential capacitive readout system and method for infrared imaging.

U.S. Patent No. 9,284,336 awarded  Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to University of North Florida for synthesis of 4-(pentafluorosulfanyl)benzenediazonium tetrafluoroborate and Analogs .

U.S. Patent No. 9,286,687 awarded  Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to University of South Florida for a system and Method for Estimating the Magnetization States of a Nanomagnet Array.

U.S. Patent No. 9,274,161 awarded  Tuesday, March 01, 2016 to The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc. for a voltage profile based fault location identification system and method of use.

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Recently Issued Trademarks

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,944,507 was granted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for the mark GOLF LIFE in association with decals by Golf Life Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,939,185 was granted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for the mark STAINLESS STEEL ELEGANCE in association with jewelry findings made in significant part of stainless steel by Cousin Corporation of America.

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,940,311 was granted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for the mark PET LIVING in association with on-line journals, namely, blogs featuring pet-related information; entertainment services, namely, providing a website featuring non-downloadable videos in the field of pets by Red Barn Enterprises, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,941,673 was granted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 for the mark THE POWER OF ATTRACTION in association with air conditioning apparatuses; air conditioners for vehicles by Maglev Energy, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,932,127 was granted on Tuesday, April 05, 2016 for the mark RMF in association with mortgage lending by Reverse Mortage Funding LLC.

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,934,057 was granted on Tuesday, April 05, 2016 for the mark AUDIO LEGION in association with audio speakers by FSD AUDIO, LLC.

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,927,184 was granted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 for the mark EVER READY in association with restoration services in the field of water, smoke and fire damage by Helicon Foundation Repair Systems, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,922,489 was granted on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 for the mark SUNSET KEY COTTAGES in association with hotel services; restaurant; resort lodging services; provision of general purpose facilities for meetings, conferences and exhibitions; provision of banquet and social function facilities for hotel accomodations by Marpalm of Florida, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,913,826 was granted on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 for the mark LATITUDES in association with restaurant and bar services by Marpalm of Florida, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,897,595 was granted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 for the mark THE REFINERY: REFINE YOUR HEALTH, WEALTH, AND QUALITY OF LIFE in association with educational services, namely, instruction in the field of exercise equipment, physical fitness, diet and nutritional programs, and business development; educational services, namely, conducting classes, seminars, conferences, and workshops in the field of diet and nutritional programs and sales techniques, and distribution of training material in connection therewith; membership club services, namely, providing training to members in the field of exercise equipment, diet and nutritional programs, and sales techniques; physical fitness training services and consultancy; providing information in the field of exercise training by Half is Gone, LLC.

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,893,546 was granted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 for the mark WONDERFORTS in association with construction toys, namely, toy construction sets consisting of joints and connectors for the construction and building of structures by Leomax Direct, Inc..

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,889,443 was granted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 for the mark GLYCOLOAD in association with nutritional supplements by IQ Formulations, LLC.

U.S. Trademark Registration No. 4,889,444 was granted on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 for the mark GROWING WITH NATURE IN MIND in association with fresh fruits, fresh herbs, and fresh vegetables by Blue Sky Farms NC, Inc.

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