The City of Miami was originally named Mayami, meaning “Big Water,” by the native Calusa Indians. Initially colonized in 1566 by the Spanish, the British gained control of Miami after the French and Indian War in 1763 and eventually sold it to the United States of America for $5 Million in 1821. The City of Miami was slow to settle but in the 1870s it gained some attention from wealthy developers and investors who claimed and bought land. Miami experienced a boom in 1920 after WWI and another period of growth after WWII when servicemen settled in the area. In the 1960s, a migration of Cuban refugees transformed Miami into an international city. Subsequently, its international flavor catapulted Miami as a center of commerce and finance in the 1980s and 1990s. During this time period, Miami became a hot spot for Europeans who discovered Miami Beach, popularizing the Art deco hotels and adding to the city’s cosmopolitan flair.
Since 2001, Miami has become a hub for Intellectual Property in the Southeastern U.S. and has become a major center for finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, international trade and technology oriented companies. Many large, publicly-traded technology companies, including Citrix, Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, MasTec, Inc. and TerraMark Worldwide, are also headquartered in and around Miami. And let’s not forget that Miami is known as the “Cruise Ship Capital of the World” while Fort Lauderdale is well-known to be the “Yacht Capital of the World,” with Villefranche, France being a close second. Through its steady growth, the Miami metropolitan area has become the 5th largest urban area in the U.S., after New York, L.A., Chicago and Philadelphia.
Miami is poised to keep growing as is evident in public, private and non-profit investments and a new wave of hospitals, medical centers, research institutes and biotech firms. Recently, the University of Miami and Scripps finished the first phase of the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park. For the startup community, Incubate Miami, a technology incubator, located in downtown Miami, provides access to funding sources, technology leadership and mentorship programs. The Beacon Council, a public-private partnership, is Miami Dade’s economic development partnership which promotes and facilitates business investment.
As a native of Miami, I’ve been operating as an intellectual property attorney in the South Florida area for over a decade. As a former Patent Examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, I can provide a unique insight into the workings of the Patent Office while providing expert counsel. Also, as a current member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (IPLAF) headquartered in Miami and a member of the Intellectual Property Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar, I stay up-to-date on the latest in intellectual property law.
My offices are located at 801 Brickell Ave., Ste. 900, Miami FL 33131, which is located in the downtown Miami area on the corner of SE 8th Street and Brickell Ave. Directions from Miami International Airport comprise taking 836 East, exit to I-95 South, then take the SW 7th Street Exit, and make a left on SW 8th Street. The building is located on the corner of SW 8th Street and Brickell Ave. Directions from the south comprise taking US-1 North, which becomes Brickell Ave. The building is located on the corner of SW 8th Street and Brickell Ave. Directions from the north comprise taking I-95 South, then take the SW 7th Street Exit, and make a left on SW 8th Street. The building is located on the corner of SW 8th Street and Brickell Ave.