Ten (10) Questions to Ask Every Patent Attorney
Selecting a firm to handle your intellectual property may be the make-or-break decision
in your business endeavor. Don't go about it causally. Ask serious,
pertinent questions about the qualifications, experience and reputation of the firm
you are going to use.
Is your practice exclusively focused on
Intellectual Property? YES. We limit our practice
exclusively to Intellectual Property…nothing else.
single practitioner is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Is the Firm AV-Rated with Martindale-Hubble?
YES. This is the highest possible
rating. According to
Marindale-Hubble, "AV Preeminent is a significant rating
accomplishment- a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers
rank him or her at the highest level of professional
Do you provide extranet access?
YES. Clients have
256 bit encrypted access to
24/7 access to billing, deadlines and case progress. We maintain
full transparency to clients. To our knowledge, we are the only
intellectual property firm that offers this level of convenience
Do you represent both small and large business entities?
YES – Some of our clients
include U. South Florida; Florida State; Colorado State U.; Jabil Circuit;
Moffitt Cancer Center; As Seen on TV. Our firm is subject to an
extensive vetting process when large clients evaluate our credentials.
We also represent a large number small businesses making
innovations in their own area of expertise.
Do your patents and trademarks survive litigation challenges?
Our goal is to draft patent and trademark
applications in an effort to avoid subsequent challenges and
While no attorney can ethically guarantee an outcome, our attorneys strive to
anticipate challenges to validity and develop strategies to prevent
Do you have technical depth to understand the technology?
YES - All Disciplines.
Mechanical; Electrical; Software; Chemical; Life Science. Our group of patent
practitioners constitutes one of the largest pure-IP practices in the South East
United States. See our
practice summary publication for specific technology
Are you considered experts in Intellectual Property?
YES – all partners are
Certified in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar (2 of only 137
nationally). This is the highest level
of acknowledged proficiency in patent, trademark and copyright practice.
Do you have teaching experience?
YES – University of Florida College of Law;
University of South Florida; Florida Bar; U.S. Dept. of Defense; Moffitt Cancer
Center; Florida A&M; Florida State U.; Tampa Bay Technology Forum; U. of Central
Do you practice internationally?
YES – foreign law firms select our practice for
U.S. entry for patent applications originating in Europe, Japan, China and other
countries. Our economy is truly a global one and knowledge of foreign rights,
importation and competition is essential.
Do you provide the highest value?
We are a national firm, but because our principal
office is located in southwest Florida, we enjoy reasonable
fixed and variable overhead business expenses. While we have a presence
in Silicon Valley and Colorado our administrative base is
in Florida which is highly cost-effective.
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