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Recent Honors and Recognitions - Ms. McLeod was recently recognized in The Wall Street Journal in its selection of "Florida's Top Attorneys 2013" and also selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of intellectual property law. She was also recognized by Orlando Magazine as one of Orlando's Top Lawyers and Top Women Lawyers. Ms. McLeod has also been awarded the highest AV Preeminent Attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Recent Changes to US Patent Law - On March 16th, 2013 under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. converted from a first-to-invent (FTI) system to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) system. Under the old system, an inventor could "swear behind" the filing date of another, provided he could show that he was the first inventor and was diligent in reduction to practice or application filing. The new system now favors the inventor who files first. This Act also included many more substantial changes to U.S. Patent Law, including an expansion of the definition of prior art and a new post grant review.

CONSUMER ALERT : Please be aware that private companies not associated with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) often use trademark application and registration information from the USPTO's databases to mail or e-mail trademark-related solicitations. If you receive a trademark-related solicitation that you believe is deceptive, you may file an on-line consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You may also visit the Federal Trade Commission Web site to see if an invention promotion company has been investigated and/or fined by the FTC. www.ftc.gov

Recordation of Trademark Registrations with United States Customs and Border Protection - U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, maintains a trademark recordation system for marks registered at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Parties who register their marks on the Principal Register may record these marks with CBP to assist CPB in its efforts to prevent the importation of goods that infringe registered marks. Information about how to obtain a recordation, and about the Intellectual Property Rights border enforcement program, is available at CPB's web site, www.cbp.gov.


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