The City of Naples, located on the West Coast of Florida, is a diverse region that has enjoyed large economic growth in recent years. Collier County, the county where the City of Naples is located, is among Florida’s most affluent, with a median household income of $57,000, far above the statewide figure of $48,000. On a per capita basis, Collier County has more CEO’s and successful business experience than any community in the U.S. The Collier County School District ranked as an “A” school district in 2012. Collier County is highly educated; over 1/3 of county residents over age 25 have a bachelor’s degree. Collier County is home to 3 institutions of higher learning: Ave Maria University, Hodges University, and Edison State College. The City of Naples also boasts local Fortune 500 companies such as Health Management Associates, which operates hospitals and other health care facilities in the southern United States. Health Management Associates provides its services to over 70 hospitals for an approximate 11,000 licensed beds throughout 15 states. Health Management Associates employs over 42,000 individuals in clinical and support roles. In 2010, they purchased the former Wuesthoff Healthcare hospitals, headquartered in Rockledge, Florida for $145 million. Health Management Associates is currently in negotiations to be purchased by Community Health Systems for about $3.6 billion in cash and stock. Also of note is the City of Naples growing technology hub. The City now boasts more than 5 technology incubators, has hosted the expansion of various internet startups and is currently enjoying an influx of entrepreneurs seeking to start their technology companies in Naples. Further, in 2013 alone, over 100 U.S. Patents was awarded to inventors residing in Naples, including this U.S. Patent obtained by yours truly, Mark Terry U.S. Patent No. 8547247. Also, in 2013, more than 300 U.S. Trademark Registrations were awarded to individuals located in Naples, including this U.S. Trademark Registration for “Underground to Cloud” also obtained by yours truly, Mark Terry U.S. Trademark Reg. No. 4477024. If you are a Naples resident and are looking for assistance obtaining a U.S. Patent or U.S. Trademark Registration, call Mark Terry, Esq., a registered patent attorney and Board Certified Specialist in the area of Intellectual Property Law to service your intellectual property needs.