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Intellectual Property Law Certification


Certified Attorneys

Definition

The purpose of the standards is to identify those lawyers who practice intellectual property law and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as certified intellectual property lawyers.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to "Open" or "Save" the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the $250 application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

Board Certification CLE credit hours are now available online. Visit www.floridabar.org/certification and click “New! Check Your Board Certification CLE Credits” to view and print a record of your current certification credit hours.

Currently Certified
If you were originally certified in 2010, the
Application for Recertification Word document opens in new window must be postmarked by August 15, 2015. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2015 unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time 3-month extension, please submit the
Recertification Extension Application. PDF document opens in new window

Recertification Application Addendums
Pursuant to Rule 6-26.4(b), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, each applicant is required to demonstrate experience in Patent Prosecution, Patent Infringement Litigation, Trademark Law and/or Copyright Law during the 5 years immediately preceding application. Applicants should complete the appropriate form(s) for their respective area of intellectual property law. Applicants demonstrating experience in more than one area may need to complete multiple forms. PLEASE REFER TO RULE 6-26.4(b) FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH AREA OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW.

Patent Prosecution: Applicants demonstrating experience in Patent Prosecution should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Patent Prosecution Recertification Word document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.4(b)(1).

Patent Infringement Litigation: Applicants demonstrating experience in Patent Infringement Litigation should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Patent Infringement Litigation Recertification Word document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.4(b)(2).

Trademark Law: Applicants demonstrating experience in Trademark Law should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Trademark Law Recertification Word document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.4(b)(3).

Copyright Law: Applicants demonstrating experience in Trademark Law should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Copyright Law Recertification Word document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.4(b)(4).

Overall Proficiency: Applicants demonstrating experience by using a combination of the aforementioned subspeciality areas should complete any or all of the addendums above sufficient to clearly demonstrate practical experience in intellectual property law.

Seeking Certification
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification Word document opens in new window filing period opens September 1, 2015 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2015. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2016 Intellectual Property Exam.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification Word document opens in new windowonly if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2016 Intellectual Property Law Exam the abbreviated application must be postmarked by October 31, 2015.
  1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2014 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2015 Intellectual Property Law Exam.
  2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2014 which was approved, you took the 2015 Intellectual Property Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2014 and 2015 exams, you are not eligible to apply for the 2016 Intellectual Property Law exam, but you may reapply in 2017 by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)

Initial Certification
Pursuant to Rule 6-26.3(c), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, each applicant is required to demonstrate experience in Patent Prosecution, Patent Infringement Litigation, Trademark Law and/or Copyright Law during the 5 years immediately preceding application. Applicants should complete the appropriate form(s) for their respective area of intellectual property law. Applicants demonstrating experience in more than one area may need to complete multiple forms. PLEASE REFER TO RULE 6-26.3(c) FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION REGARDING THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH AREA OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW.

Patent Prosecution: Applicants demonstrating experience in Patent Prosecution should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Patent Prosecution Word document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.3(c)(1).

Patent Infringement Litigation: Applicants demonstrating experience in Patent Infringement Litigation should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Patent Infringement Litigation PDF document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.3(c)(2).

Trademark Law: Applicants demonstrating experience in Trademark Law should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Trademark Law PDF document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.3(c)(3).

Copyright Law: Applicants demonstrating experience in Trademark Law should complete Addendum to Exhibit "B," Section III: Copyright Law PDF document opens in new window, in accordance with Rule 6-26.3(c)(4).

Overall Proficiency: Applicants demonstrating experience by using a combination of the aforementioned subspeciality areas should complete any or all of the addendums above sufficient to clearly demonstrate practical experience in intellectual property law.


Committee Members

Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window Revised 11/30/2012

Sample Exam Questions PDF document opens in new window

6-26 Standards For Certification Of A Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer

Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Intellectual Property Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Rachael Moulton
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5805
rmoulton@flabar.org

Intellectual Property Law Certification Field Established 2006

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[Revised: 07-07-2015]