The area that is now Orlando was occupied by the Seminole tribe who inhabited the Central Florida region for 6,000 to 12,000 years. The first European settlers arrived in 1837. Prior to the 1880s, the two biggest industries in central Florida were cattle breeding and cotton growing, followed later by citrus. The growth of Orlando in size and prosperity was due in part by the construction of the first rail line in 1881, so that farmers could get their citrus products to other markets.
Between 1910 and 1920 the population of Orlando doubled, transforming it from a rural citrus growth area to a major city. A building boom in the 1920s added to Orlando’s continuing prosperity. Orlando experienced a building boom after World War II, which included new suburbs, roadways, and shopping centers. In the 1950s large companies began to settle in the Orlando area. The development of Walt Disney World in 1971 spurred another construction boom that included shopping areas, apartment buildings, banks, hotels, motels, and other tourist-related businesses.
Orlando’s economic base began to diversify during the 1990s and 2000s which included industries such as software, simulation, digital media, and biotechnology. Tourism is still the city’s primary industry, but Orlando has also developed a reputation for high tech businesses. The $13 Billion high tech industry in Orlando has attracted at least 150 international companies from 20 countries. Central Florida Research Park, with over 1000 acres, is the nation’s 7th largest research park by size. Some of the notable companies that are located in the Orlando area include Lockheed Martin, Siemens, GE and numerous Navy and US Army training centers.
Orlando has a population of approximately 250,000 and the Orlando Metro area has a population of approximately 2.2 Million making it the 26th largest metro area in the U.S. As a native of Florida, I’ve been operating as an intellectual property attorney in the South Florida metropolitan 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) 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 1800 Pembrook Dr., #300, Orlando FL 32810, which is located in the downtown Orlando area on the corner of Pembrook Dr. and Summer Tower Blvd. Directions from the south comprise taking I-4 North, then take Route 414 going West, a left on N. Keller Rd. and a right on Pembrook Dr. Directions from the north comprise taking I-4 South, then take Route 414 going West, a left on N. Keller Rd. and a right on Pembrook Dr..