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Florida Bar Approves IP Specialty Certification

According to Deborah C. EspaƱa writing for Daily Business Review on July 26, 2006, The Florida Supreme Court recently approved amending Bar rules to add an intellectual property specialty. Applications for specialty certifications must be submitted to the Bar between July 1 and Aug. 31, and between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31. However, attorneys who seek certification in the two new areas won't be eligible to apply until the appointment of two new certification committees. "Attorneys may not be able to apply for certification in these two areas for the first time until the late fall and may not become certified until next spring," said Dawna Bicknell, head of legal specialization and education for the Florida Bar.

Board Certification for Lawyers: What Does It Mean in Florida?

Looking for information about a specific state? Go to Find a Certification Program.
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Anonymous John Rizvi said...


As a Registered Patent Attorney and Florida bar member, I have been closely following the new certification.

One concern, of course, is that non-lawyers will not appreciate the distinction between "Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer" and an attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and will be confused by the certification.

How many members of the public will understand that a "Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer" in Florida CANNOT file and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent Office? Naturally, this may lead to confusion as to the differences between Patent Office registration and Florida Board Certification.

Of course, I assume any Registered Patent Attorney in Florida will probably also seek Florida board certification just to have all their bases covered.

John Rizvi
Registered Patent Attorney
Florida Intellectual Property Law Blog

December 12, 2006 1:29 PM  
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