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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Halloween Costumes and Intellectual Property Rights

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, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Each year, tens of millions of individuals and families around the United States participate in annual Halloween celebrations and events. Dressing up as their favorite superhero, monster, villain, or outer space alien is all part of the excitement, but will the treat of the season be spoiled by the ... read full article

Supreme Court Trademark Law Violates 1st Amendment

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, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Supreme Court: Trademark Law Violates 1st Amendment Overview Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in Iancu v. Brunetti that §1052(a) of the Lanham Act, which bars the registration of disparaging trademarks, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. This decision follows ... read full article

Trademark Protection for Low-THC Cannabis and CBD Products

Molecular formula for CBD and marijuana plant
, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) As of May 3, 2019, over 600 pending trademark applications were in limbo while the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued refusals on otherwise registrable trademarks because they claimed cannibis or cannabis-derived goods such as cannabidiol (CBD).   The basis for the refusals ... read full article

Florida Universities Building Large Patent Portfolios

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, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) TAMPA, FLORIDA.   Four patent-prolific universities in Florida have generated nearly 3,000 U.S. patents for their institutions in the last 10 years.  This does not count foreign patents on the same technology.   The University of South Florida produced 978 of these patents c... read full article

Smith Hopen Partner Andriy Lytvyn Board Certified

Andriy Lytvyn, Smith Hopen Shareholder
, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Andriy Lytvyn earned his board certification in Intellectual Property Law by the Florida Bar this year. He is one of only 141 attorneys currently holding this certification.  According to the Florida Bar, board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficienc... read full article

Beware of Trademark Scams

WIPT letter providing worthless service to unsuspecting trademark registrants.  Report scams to the FTC.
, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) Your brand is critical to the success of your business and obtaining a federal trademark registration is an effective strategy for shielding your brand against infringement. When you register your trademark, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will publish your trademark registrati... read full article

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SHOPPER EXPRESS for providing a website featuring non-downloadable software for use by automobile purchasers to schedule test drives, obtain cash offers for existing vehicles, obtain credit approvals for vehicle purchases and configure a vehicle purchase Intice, Inc..
SHARPGUARD for components of a medical device to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, namely, surgical blade having bumpers on either side used to ensure only target area is cut Disruptive Medical Technologies, LLC.
BODY MANUAL for nutritional supplements and Providing a website featuring information about health, wellness and nutrition Eastern Vision Limited.
PRACTEMY for medical services Practemy, LLC.
FRONTEC for non-metal flooring materials, namely, tile, engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and laminate flooring ProMasters Floors, LLC.
FSUNIQUE for restaurant services featuring healthy, fresh, locally-sourced food items Florida State University.
PAWSGIVE for nutritional supplements for pets; food supplements for pets; dietary supplements for pets; herbal supplements for pets; mineral supplements for pets; nutritional supplements for pets in the nature of nutritionally fortified chews Stockify on Demand, LLC.
PROSERIES for non-metal flooring materials, namely, tile, engineered hardwood flooring, hardwood flooring, vinyl flooring, and laminate flooring; flooring underlayment; stair treads not of metal; non-metal railings; non-metal posts; non-metal vent cover for HVAC ducts; and non-metal architectural moldings and finish trim ProMaster Floors, LLC.
EQUITY ELITE for reverse mortgage lending Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC.
THE WONDER BURGER for sandwiches, namely, hamburger sandwiches Active Food Service Management, Inc..
IN THE BEGINNING for baby bodysuits sold as a decorative unit resembling a cupcake Baby Cakez Creations, LLC.
N-GRAFT for performing non-invasive cosmetic medical procedures Prime Orthostem Solutions, LLC.
BREWING FUNDS THE CURE for charitable fundraising National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc..
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