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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Smith Hopen Partner Andriy Lytvyn Board Certified

, 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

, 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

Private Sales Invoke AIA "On Sale" Bar to Patentability

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that private sales of inventions invoke the on sale bar to patentability of 35 U.S.C. § 102 (post-America Invents Act, or AIA). See Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., 586 U.S. __ (2019).  Prior to the passa... read full article

New Guidelines May Help Patent Software

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) The pendulum may have swung back to patenting software again. Since 2014 when the Supreme Court handed down its inscrutable ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the patentability of software and computer systems became a gray area of law. Some also felt that former USPT... read full article

Two recent Supreme Court decisions shape the scope of post-grant patent proceedings

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court announced opinions in two cases involving patent rights—Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, and SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu. The long-awaited Oil States opinion decided on the legality of inter partes reviews (IPRs); simila... read full article

New - USPTO Issues Guidance on Patent-Eligible Subject Matter (35 U.S.C. 101)

, Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) As many software-related inventors can attest, patent protection can be difficult to obtain for software applications. Most software-related patent applications are rejected by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners, particularly under 35 U.S.C. § 101 – the statute th... read full article

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