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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.

Question 1 - exclusively patent and trademark? Is your practice exclusively focused on Intellectual Property? YES. We limit our practice exclusively to Intellectual Property…nothing else. Every single practitioner is registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Question 2 - AV-rating? 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 excellence."
Question 3 - Extranet access? Do you provide extranet access? YES. Clients have 256 bit encrypted access to all matters. 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 to clients.
Question 4 - types of clients? 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.
Question 5 - patents and trademarks found valid in litigation? 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 litigation. While no attorney can ethically guarantee an outcome, our attorneys strive to anticipate challenges to validity and develop strategies to prevent invalidation.
Question 6 - technical expertise for patents? 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 backgrounds.
Question 7 - considered experts in intellectual property? Are you considered experts in Intellectual Property? YES – all partners are Board 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.
Question 8 - Teaching experience in intellectual property? 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 Florida.
Question 9 - International Patent Filings? 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.
Question 10 - Value in our patent and trademark practice. 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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