Howard M. Gitten, Locke Lorde LLP, Counsel

GittenHowardHaving worked both in-house at a cutting edge photonics company, and in private practice, Howard brings a unique perspective to technology law. He brings a business perspective to technology issues and his technology background to business issues. As a registered patent attorney, Howard not only knows how best to protect a client’s unique assets, but how best to make them marketable and best use intellectual property for competitive advantage. Howard has advised his clients in raising venture capital, forming strategic partnerships, and instituting cradle-to-grave IP regimes, to licensing IP and building joint development programs around a client’s IP.

Howard’s clients have ranged from basement tinkerers to privately held start-ups to Fortune 100 companies throughout the world. He counsels across a range of technologies including cellular and mobile communications, sound perception, lenses, lasers, fiber optics, MEMS devices and manufacture thereof, toys, RF identification devices, laboratory support equipment, catheters and other medical devices, and computer software and hardware, including printer architectures, computer hibernation protocols, encryption techniques, and optical scanning and displays. In addition to protecting technology, Howard is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law. This certification is the first in Intellectual Property Law in the United States. He is one of the first class of Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorneys in Florida.

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • “The Importance of Intellectual Property,” presenter, Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Orlando, Florida, January 26, 2010.
  • “Business Method Patents: Will you still be able to get them?,” presenter, University of Central Florida – Division of Continuing Education, January 28, 2009
  • MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida’s presentation of It’s a Small World: Innovations in Nanotechnology, keynote speaker, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 15, 2007.
  • China Business Briefings: Export and Import Strategies, panelist, Orlando, Florida, March 14, 2007 and Atlanta, Georgia, March 16, 2007.
  • “Supreme Court Hands Power Back To Content Providers”, Florida Venture Forum Guide 2005/2006 (reprinted in 2006/2007 edition).
  • “Issues in Intellectual Property,” panelist, Invention to Venture I2V Workshops in Technology Entrepreneurship, November 17, 2006.
  • “The MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida on Global Entrepreneurship: Inefficiency as Opportunity in the Developing World,” moderator, September 21, 2006.
  • “Trolling for dollars,” co-author, Daily Business Review, July 25, 2006.
  • “Trademarks – No Defense Against Pop-Up Advertising,” Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP Intellectual Property Bulletin, Spring 2006.
  • “Like the big dogs – New tools help you police the use of your trademarks on your own,” Daily Business Review, November 22, 2005.
  • “Supreme Court Recognizes Inducement Liability For Copyright Infringement,” Edwards & Angell Intellectual Property Bulletin, Summer/Fall 2005.
  • “Strategic Market Choices Based on Intellectual Property Advantage,” moderator, MIT/Enterprise Forum of South Florida jointly with the Licensing Executive Society Interactive Case Studies Series, March 25, 2005.
  • “Due Care Required To Avoid Willful Infringement, But An Infringement Opinion Isn’t,” co-author, Edwards & Angell Intellectual Property Bulletin, Winter 2005.
  • “Courts Confused by Pop-Up Ads,” CIPerati vol. 1, Issue 2, June 2004.
  • “Pop-up Ads Skirt Trademark, Copyright Sanctions for Now,” Mass High Tech, February 2, 2004.
  • “Intellectual Property Issues in e-Commerce: Potholes on the Information Super Highway,” Florida Atlantic University.
  • “Alleviating Cash Flow Problems By Transferring IP Strategically.”
  • “Advising Start Up and Emerging Companies.”
  • “Patents As Defense In The Customs Office,” Edwards & Angell IP Bulletin.

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