intellectual property law exclusively. All attorneys and agents are
registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. The firm
is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest possible rating for
a law firm. Collectively, the firm has issued more than 1,500 patents and handles in excess
of 1,200 federal trademark filings. We are frequently called upon by other
firms to take over complex trademark cases subject to appeal or presented before
the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Our technical expertise ranges includes aerospace, medical devices,
software, electronics, nanotechnology, chemistry, oncology, and other
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Anton Hopen is an honors graduate of the University of South Florida in Interdisciplinary Science and a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law where he received the Presidential Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement. Prior to his career in intellectual property law, he served as a felony criminal prosecutor for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida trying over fifty (50) jury trials to verdict as lead counsel.
Mr. Hopen is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, all U.S. District Courts in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar. Mr. Hopen has been recognized as an expert in intellectual property law by the Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine.
Mr. Hopen is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubble (highest possible rating). In 2016 he was recognized as Tampa Bay's Best Patent Attorney by Tampa Magazine. He is experienced in patent prosecution, trademark registration, inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and contested cases before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
Andriy Lytvyn received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. While at BU Law, he held the position of article editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Mr. Lytvyn earned a concentration in Intellectual Property Law by completing a wide array of specialized law courses including IP Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trademarks & Unfair Competition, Patent Prosecution, IP Licensing, IP & the Internet, and International IP Law.
Mr. Lytvyn graduated with honors from the University of Florida with B.S. degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. His academic accomplishments were recognized with several prestigious scholarships including the Boeing Company Scholarship, Exxon Mobile Scholarship, and UF College of Engineering Dean's Scholarship.
Mr. Lytvyn is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is a member of the Florida Bar.
Mr. Lytvyn specializes in areas of patent law pertaining to mechanical arts, aerospace technologies, software, and telecommunications. He has prosecuted over sixty (60) issued United States utility patents and assisted foreign counsel with prosecution of numerous patents issued abroad. Mr. Lytvyn also specializes in post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and has served as lead counsel for patent owners in a number of high profile cases. His experience before the PTAB includes the following cases:
CBM2013-00047, David W. Gillman v. StoneEagle Services, Inc.
Outcome: WIN. Non-institution. First patent to have every claim survive a CBM review.
IPR2014-01030, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
Outcome: Settled. Non-institution with respect to several claims. Settled during pendency of the Federal Circuit appeal.
IPR2014-01493, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
Outcome: Joined with IPR2014-01030
IPR2014-01414, Pay-Plus Solutions, Inc. v. StoneEagle Services, Inc.
Outcome: WIN. Non-institution. Patent Owner awarded a multi-million dollar verdict in the underlying litigation.
IPR2015-00369, Apple, Inc. v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
Outcome: Lead attorney on a pending Federal Circuit appeal.
IPR2015-00373, Apple, Inc. v. DSS Technology Management, Inc.
Outcome: Lead attorney on a pending Federal Circuit appeal.
IPR2015-00569, Pay-Plus Solutions, Inc. v. StoneEagle Services, Inc.
Outcome: WIN. Non-institution with respect to all claims asserted in litigation. Patent Owner awarded a multi-million dollar verdict in the underlying litigation.
IPR2015-00849, Google, Inc., Apple, Inc., Samsung Electronic Co., LTD., et. al v. American Navigation Systems, Inc.
Outcome: Awaiting PTAB's final written decision.
IPR2015-00851, Google, Inc., Apple, Inc., Samsung Electronic Co., LTD., et. al v. American Navigation Systems, Inc.
Outcome: Awaiting PTAB's final written decision.
IPR2016-00539, Vista Outdoor Operations, LLC v. Liberty Ammunition, Inc.
Outcome: WIN. Non-institution. Patent Owner awarded a verdict amounting to approximately $70 million over the life of the patent. This is the largest known patent infringement award in U.S. Court of Claims history.
Nick Pfeifer is an associate attorney at Smith & Hopen. He represents universities, corporations, and independent inventors, both domestic and foreign, in all aspects of intellectual property, including securing and maintaining trademark registrations, securing and maintaining patent rights, and patent and trademark invalidity challenges. Although Mr. Pfeifer has particular expertise in the mechanical, aerospace, and computer science arts, his practice spans across a broad scope of technologies.
Mr. Pfeifer earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law along with the Intellectual Property Law Certificate. In addition, Mr. Pfeifer worked as a patent examiner at the USPTO during a summer externship where he reviewed patent applications in the land vehicles art unit. During his time working as an examiner, Mr. Pfeifer received valuable insight into patent examination, and the teachings and mindset of patent examiners.
Prior to earing his legal degree, Mr. Pfeifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, he worked in the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group at the University of Florida gaining experience in the design, fabrication, simulation, and analysis of microsystems.
Mr. Pfeifer is admitted to practice law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and is admitted to the Virginia bar.
Robert Varkonyi is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law where he concentrated his coursework on Patent Law, Trademark and Unfair Competition, International Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Antitrust Law and Directed Research with emphasis on Antitrust and Patent Law.
Mr. Varkonyi graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Biology focused on Genetics and Development. He previously served as a science technician for Fox Chase Cancer Center, Department of Medical Oncology in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Varkonyi focuses his practice in biotechnology and the mechanical arts.
Michele Lawson received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Otterbein College. Ms. Lawson received a Master of Science in Biotechnology as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. While receiving her MS in Biotechnology, she worked as a graduate lab assistant in a pathology laboratory doing research on HIV and influenza.
Ms. Lawson is a member of both the Ohio and Florida bars and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of biotechnology and mechanical arts.
Nilay Choksi is a patent attorney receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Emory University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University. He is a member of the Florida and New Jersey Bars, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Choksi focuses his practice in the mechanical arts, medical devices, biotechnology, and software technology. He has obtained domestic and foreign patents for clients ranging from universities, independent inventors, startup companies, and large corporations.
At Emory, Mr. Choksi worked in Coca-Cola's Division of Patents & Trademarks and in the Technology Transfer Office for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Additionally, Mr. Choksi participated in Emory's intellectual property certificate program, collaborating with business school students, researchers, and technology startups at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Choksi is based in Boston, Massachusetts but does travel frequently to our Tampa Bay office.
Molly Sauter is a 1986 graduate of the University of South Florida in Electrical Engineering and a 1992 graduate of the University of South Florida, holding a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Ms. Sauter is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ms. Sauter has written and prosecuted patent applications with a primary concentration in engineering sciences, including complex communications technologies, electrical power distribution, environmental purification, and information systems.
Ms. Sauter is based in Silicon Valley, California.
Mr. McGaw is a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has a Masters of Science in Microbiology from Colorado State University. Prior to his appointment at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Mr. McGaw worked for Coors Brewing Company handling international trademark issues in foreign markets.
Mr. McGaw's practice includes an emphasis on biotechnology patent prosecution and sophisticated financial systems. He works closely with major research institutions including Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Mr. McGaw is based in Denver, Colorado.
David Hendricks is a registered patent attorney and Cum Laude graduate of the North Carolina Central University School of Law. He received his chemical engineering degree from North Carolina State University and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Chemical experience includes plasma-initiated polymerization, polymerization of siloxanes, extraction of oil from lipids, and supercritical carbon dioxide removal of oils. Mechanical experience includes medical implants, scientific instruments, woodworking tools, sports equipment, office products, and musical instruments. Computer software/business method experience includes secure authorization of credit card transactions, development of energy generation and management rights, logistical management of cargo shipments, medical fraud prevention, and interactive video content.
Mr. Hendricks is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sean Combs is a 2016 summer intern at Smith & Hopen currently attending the University of Florida College of Law. He recently passed the United States Patent Bar Examination and will be licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.