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.


News & Updates

    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

    President Trump Vows to Protect Intellectual Property

    , Smith & Hopen, PA ( ) On August 14, 2017, President Trump signed a memorandum addressing a need to protect American citizens and businesses from intellectual property theft and unfair trade practices. Trump acknowledged the fact that U.S. intellectual property holders are repeatedly victims of forced-transfers and in... read full article

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Representative Clients

Recently Awarded Patents

    Patent Granted Client Invention
    9,755,354 a cord management device
    9,756,413 a cabled device storage organizer
    9,750,727 a tuberculosis drug based on 4-thioureido-iminomethylpyridinium perchlorate: method of preparation and treatment
    9,750,753 a method of treating diseases associated with LRRK2 mutation using hexachlorophene
    9,752,763 a weatherproof light string
    9,743,823 a minimally invasive networked surgical system and method
    9,748,863 a system and method for leakage current suppression in a low switching frequency photovoltaic cascaded multilevel inverter
    9,744,104 a multi-lobed cooled teething device
    9,749,904 a circuit switch voice roaming to LTE network
    9,744,189 a composition of lithium salts and methods of use
    9,749,316 a method for data access using a dynamic SIM credential
    9,749,086 a physical layer security for wireless implantable medical devices
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Recently Issued Trademarks

Registration Granted Mark Goods Registrant
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..
5,246,072 7/18/2017 EZ-DERM nutritional supplements for pets; nutritional supplements in the nature of nutritionally fortified soft chews for pets Stratford Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
5,242,114 7/11/2017 SIMPLY JULIE CAJUN GIRL seasonings and spices Simply Julie, LLC.
5,239,950 7/11/2017 INCREDI-BULL quality management services, namely, quality evaluation and analysis, quality assurance, and quality control in the field of educational courses at the university level University of South Florida.
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