Last week, the Florida Supreme Court approved a program for board certification in specific areas of law (22 to be exact), including intellectual property law. Any lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state's Supreme Court may be issued an appropriate certificate identifying the lawyer as a "Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer."
Some minimum requirements for intellectual property law board certification include:
- At least five years of law practice immediately preceding application;
- Practicing patent application prosecution before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office qualifies if the lawyer is a registered patent attorney or registered patent agent;
- At least 30 percent of practice in matters related to intellectual property law during the three years immediately preceding application;
- Experience requirements during the five years immediately preceding application for at least one of the following categories: patent application prosecution, patent infringement litigation, trademark law and copyright law;
- Satisfactory peer review assessment of competence in the intellectual property law field as well as character, ethics and professionalism in the practice of law;
- At least 45 hours of continuing legal education within the three years preceding application; and
- Passage of a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field
View a draft of the proposed rules here.
Tampa Bay Business Journal story here.