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.

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    Supreme Court and Patent Death Squad

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an administrative proceeding before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). IPRs are generally an 18-month process in which a petitioner seeks invalidation of a patent based on prior publication (e.g., “prior ar... read full article

    Track One Prioritized Patent Examination—Cut to the Front of the Line

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Under a typical examination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the process of receiving an issued patent can take several years. For example, the average time before receiving a first office action (communication on the merits of application) is about 18 months. Moreov... read full article

    Using Sovereign Immunity of Public Universities to Avoid IPR Proceedings?

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) As many patent owners are already aware, issued patents often face challenges to validity, even after examination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In the past, such challenges were filed exclusively in the federal court system. However, the passage of the America Inv... read full article

    Patent Office Denies Staggered IPR Proceedings

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) On September 6, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued an opinion denying the institution of subsequent sets of inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed after the denial of an initial set of IPRs. See General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. V. Canon Kubushiki Kaisha, Case IPR2016-01357 ... read full article

    Apple versus Microsoft - Trademarking Retail Store

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Recently, Apple was issued a trademark for the design and layout of their popular Apple retail stores, located around the world within malls or as standalone buildings (trademark file). This is generally known as a trade dress, which generally refers to the physical appearance of a product, product... read full article

    Applicants Pay the Patent Office’s Attorneys Even When Patent Office Loses Case

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Under 35 U.S.C. § 2, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for granting and issuing patent rights to inventors. Section 101 clarifies that “[w]hoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful i... read full article

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Representative Clients

Recently Awarded Patents

    Patent Granted Client Invention
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    9,867,827 methods for formulations for topical treatment of psoriasis
    9,869,108 a utility or meter pole top reinforcement method and apparatus
    9,867,915 percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy tube for optimized gastric sumping
    9,861,380 minimally invasive laparoscopic tissue removal device
    9,863,687 a self-heating apparatus and method of customizing a time-temperature profile thereof
    9860473 an electronic monitoring security device synchronization
    9859018 a physically unclonable function based on domain wall memory and method of use
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Recently Issued Trademarks

Registration Granted Mark Goods Registrant
5,395,665 2/6/2018 SECUREMENU computer application software for desktop computers and portable computing tablets, namely, software for sales presentations and transaction reporting of automobile finance and insured products StoneEagle Services, Inc..
5,385,322 1/23/2018 TARA MARIE entertainment services, namely, providing non-downloadable online videos, webcasts and podcasts in the field of fitness, health and wellness Tara Marie, Inc..
5,375,615 1/9/2018 DVRYL vitamin and mineral supplements Eastern Vision Limited.
5,376,828 1/9/2018 GDS diamond logo jewelry Gold & Diamond Source, Inc..
5,364,635 12/26/2017 Design Logo tax preparation, accounting, payroll bookkeeping, financial services, namely, wealth management services Bridgespan, Inc..
5,347,728 11/28/2017 Power Symbol Logo water heaters; tankless water heaters Sio Green Inc..
5,342,485 11/21/2017 SIO GREEN water heaters; tankless water heaters Sio Green Inc..
5,316,617 10/24/2017 VETWELL non-medicated grooming preparations for animals, namely, shampoos, conditioners, and ear rinse, dietary supplements for pets; vitamins for pets; herbal supplements for pets; mineral supplements for pets; medicated grooming preparations for pets, namely, shampoos, sprays, pre-moistened wipes, and water-based solutions for treating animal skin conditions, pharmaceutical preparations for animal skincare, edible dog treats, edible cat treats Pet Healthbox, LLC.
5,316,249 10/24/2017 4INCENTIVE incentive award programs to promote the sale of products and services of others 4Incentive Inc..
5,313,452 10/17/2017 ECO POD cleaning preparations AquaChemPacs, LLC.
5,311,386 10/17/2017 FRESH KITCHEN BY ROBERT IRVINE restaurant services Irvine Holdings, LLC.
5,307,622 10/10/2017 RELAXITROL nutritional supplements IQ Formulations, LLC.
5,299,042 10/3/2017 GOTHAM hooded sweatshirts; t-shirts Gotham Gym I, LLC.
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