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Intellectual Property Law Certification


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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.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for intellectual property law certification, provided in Rule 6-26.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Experience in one or more of the four areas of intellectual property law: patent prosecution, patent infringement litigation, trademark law or copyright law, in the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of intellectual property law ­— 30% or more — in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • 45 hours of approved intellectual property law certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

2020 Application Filing Periods & Exam Dates

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2019

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your recertification application in 2019. The application for recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2019. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens September 1, 2019.  Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.  You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam.  If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Committee Members

Exam Specifications Revised 10/22/2019

Sample Exam Questions

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

Standing Committee Policies

Staff Liaison

Kelsey Pochedley
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Intellectual Property Law Certification Field Established 2006