Our Team

Anton Hopen
Registered Patent Attorney
Fla Bar Board Certified in IP
Andriy Lytvyn
Registered Patent Attorney
Fla Bar Board Certified in IP
Nicholas Pfeifer

Registered Patent Attorney
IP Certificate UF Law

Michele Lawson
Patent Attorney
Paul Murty
Patent Attorney
Steven Forte
Patent Attorney
Molly Sauter
Patent Agent

We are happy to share some information about us. The Law Office of Smith & Hopen concentrates its practice exclusively on intellectual property matters. This includes patents, trademarks, copyrights and related litigation. Our attorneys and patent agents have been recognized as leading practitioners in the area of high-technology intellectual property development. Some of the world’s most esteemed publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Smart Business for the New Economy, Capital District Business Review, and The Business Journal cite our attorneys for their authority on patent, trademark and copyright protection.  Our firm is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Protecting the Client:

Every attorney at the firm is a member of both a state bar association and registered with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Both the state bars and the USPTO have strict requirements for client confidentiality and duty of care. Our attorneys have attended years of highly competitive professional schools, passed the state bar and the USPTO registration examinations. Our firm has represented hundreds of clients over the years in the profession. State bars and the USPTO have rules and guidelines that strongly protect client rights.


Make no mistake about it. There are unscrupulous attorneys whose actions do a disservice to the profession. Before you make any decision about hiring an attorney, ask other attorneys you might know.

  • Who has a good reputation in the legal community?
  • Which firm represents major clients and consistently achieves successful outcomes ?
  • Which firm has the experience to find a solution in a situation that stumps other firms?
  • For intellectual property attorneys, you can look up which patents and trademarks issue from their firm. From this information you can glean valuable insight. For example, does the firm represent reputable clients? Does the firm handle a broad spectrum of technologies or only focuses on a narrow niche? Furthermore, how many patents or trademarks has the firm handled?

No iron-clad contract can guarantee excellent representation. It takes years of attentive service, personal attention and excellent outcomes to build a reputation in the legal community. Go with the firm with the best reputation.

Building a Relationship

We are privileged to work in an area of law that rewards innovation and success. However, intellectual property matters are complicated and can be intimidating for first-time clients. We are selective with the clients we represent because our goal is a long-term relationship. Consequently, the more success we can bring to a client the better off we are together. No other area of law affords the same type of relationship and we are honored to play a part in our clients’ financial and scientific achievements.

Attorney-Client Relationship

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