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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    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

    Patent Office Admits to Stacking Judges to Manipulate IPR Decisions

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has admitted, through Solicitors for the USPTO, that in several different instances the Director of the USPTO has intentionally manipulated the composition of the Patent Trademark Trail and Appeal Board (PTAB) during rehearings to reverse a panel’... read full article

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Representative Clients

Recently Awarded Patents

    Patent Granted Client Invention
    9,783,977 a shape-morphing space frame apparatus using unit cell bistable elements
    9,785,623 identifying a set of related visible content elements in a markup language document
    9,783,978 a shape-morphing space frame apparatus using linear bistable elements
    9,782,145 an electronic catheter stethoscope
    9,775,764 a rear chain stretcher
    9,780,434 a flexible antenna and method of manufacture
    9,775,629 an apparatus for osteotomy and graft preparation
    9,780,608 a high efficiency permanent magnet machine
    9,776,895 a cactus mucilage and ferric ions for the removal of arsenate (AS(V)) from water
    9,770,513 a method of developing a vaccine using peptide-poly IC complexes
    9,755,354 a cord management device
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Recently Issued Trademarks

Registration Granted Mark Goods Registrant
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.
5,290,219 9/19/2017 SEMINOLE 100 providing recognition and incentives by the way of awards to demonstrate excellence in the field of business Florida State University.
5,286,228 9/12/2017 WE GET YOU TO THE SOLD SIGN SOONER real estate sales management McBride Kelly & Associates, LLC.
5,287,405 9/12/2017 IT'S GAIN DAY compression garment for athletic or other non-medical use, namely, compression socks, stockings, leggings, jerseys, vests, trousers, shorts, and sleeves, each of the foregoing having removable thermal elements that are sold as a component with the garments Snapbac, LLC.
5,287,460 9/12/2017 BASIC ELEMENTS NUTRITION nutritional supplements IQ Formulations, LLC.
5,267,606 8/15/2017 Butterfly Silhouette counseling in the field of developing, strengthening and sustaining well-balanced families and family relationships; foster care; providing emotional counseling and emotional support services for troubled and at-risk youth and their families The Children's Home, Inc..
5,265,425 8/15/2017 WEST FLORIDA FLAMES sports training services in the field of soccer West Florida Premier Soccer Club, Inc..
5,256,841 8/1/2017 FARM STAR fresh fruit and vegetables Naiz Trading House, LLC.
5,245,371 7/18/2017 Stylized Letter S healthcare The Pelvic Floor Institute, LLC.
5,244,854 7/18/2017 Shield Design charitable services, namely, training service dogs for veterans K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc..
5,244,852 7/18/2017 Ring Design charitable services, namely, training service dogs for veterans K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc..
5,244,851 7/18/2017 K-9 PARTNERS FOR PATRIOTS charitable services, namely, training service dogs for veterans K9 Partners for Patriots, Inc..
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