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About Cliff

The author of Patents101 is Clifford D. Hyra, an intellectual property lawyer and registered United States patent attorney and member of Symbus Law Group, LLC, a boutique intellectual property law firm. He can be contacted directly at chyra AT Author Clifford D. HyraCliff is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience in the field of intellectual property. He has a background in aerospace engineering and graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law. Cliff spent several years managing a heavy patent and trademark docket at an IP boutique firm in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, and running his own IP practice in Reston, Virginia, before joining Symbus. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia and to represent clients located anywhere in the country, and overseas, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Cliff specializes in patent and trademark prosecution (applying for and obtaining patents and trademark registrations) and has prosecuted hundreds of patent and trademark applications. He also drafts patent and trademark opinions, negotiates the settlement of patent, trademark, and copyright disputes, conducts trademark cancellation and opposition proceedings, registers copyrights, carries out appeals to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI), Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, resolves domain name disputes, conducts patent and trademark searches, drafts intellectual property-related contracts and agreements, and more. Cliff’s clients run the gamut from individual entrepreneurs to large multinational corporations. His clients include many small and medium-sized businesses in the local Reston/Fairfax County/Northern Virginia area as well as businesses large and small all across the country and overseas. Cliff also serves as U.S. counsel for numerous foreign law firms and as an IP consultant for attorneys specializing in business law. Cliff has one- and two-year-old daughters who love music and playing outside. In addition to IP law, he enjoys tennis, trap-shooting, and travel.

Bar Admissions Virginia State Bar District of Columbia Bar Supreme Court of Virginia District of Columbia Court of Appeals Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Affiliations American Intellectual Property Law Association (Online Program Co-Coordinator) International Trademark Association (INTA) Virginia Bar Association American Bar Association Education J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law B.S. Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, Virginia Tech Registered Patent Attorney