Every two weeks the US patent and trademark issues all their patents for that particular bi-week period.  I like to look at these patents and see if there is anything interesting that is coming through our firm.  I’d like to note some extraordinary patent work, in getting over patent rejections.

One of them caught my eye.  U.S. Patent No. 10,743,177 granted Syniverse Technologies based here in Tampa, Florida.  They do mobile telecom technologies and are quite patent prolific. The patent issued in August 2020. However, the May 21st, 2013 caught my eye.  Seven years is extraordinary long for any patents that are coming out of Smith and Hopen.  I wanted to take a little bit of a look at this. 

Case Transfer to Smith & Hopen

Thank goodness this was a case that was transferred to us from prior counsel. Prior counsel filed this patent application back in May 2013. Unfortunately, they struggled quite a bit in advancing the prosecution of this case with the patent examiner. In total there were 14 patent application rejections and still no progress made on the case at all. 

Patent rejections before case transferred to Smith & Hopen
Before Smith & Hopen, prior counsel was rejected fourteen (14) times.

In the middle of last year the case was transferred to us. We inherited that case and only had one rejection. But we were able to get that case allowed within a matter of a few months. Of course, it granted this month as well. I wanted to take this time really to appreciate our entire team that work together and achieve these types of successes over and over.  These scenario is not particularly unusual for us. 

Extraordinary Patent Work

But in this case, I congratulate my partner, Andriy Lytvyn.  He is Board Certified in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar and a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney.  He continues to advance these cases, coming up with creative approaches.  Moreover, Andriy engages the patent examiner on a person level.  He finds out what they really need to close these cases and get over patent rejections. 

Andriy Lytvyn, Smith & Hopen partner.
Andriy Lytvyn, Smith & Hopen partner.

Thank you Andriy Lytvyn and thank you everyone here at Smith & Hopen that do a wonderful job.  In conclusion, I am blessed and fortunate to work with such talented and hard-working professionals. 

Anton Hopen

U.S. Patent Attorney with smithhopen.com.