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Catherine Hoffman

Managing Partner

Catherine F. Hoffman is the Managing Partner and heads the Trademark and Litigation Group at the firm. Ms. Hoffman has 28 years of experience representing domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and appeals, in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Hoffman’s current practice includes all aspects of trademark (international and domestic) and copyright law as well as portfolio management, including trademark clearance and prosecution, both domestic and abroad, opposition and cancellation proceedings, enforcement, domain name and e-commerce issues. Ms. Hoffman has extensive litigation experience, including proceedings involving trademarks, unfair competition, design patent and utility patent disputes before U.S. Federal Courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has appointed Ms. Hoffman as subcommittee chair to the Advocacy division of the Unfair Competition committee for the 2017 to 2019 term. Previously, Ms. Hoffman served on the INTA Bulletin committee as co-chair for previous terms. Ms. Hoffman has authored, and assisted with verifications of many INTA Bulletin articles about recent rulings from Federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

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As part of her public sector experience, Ms. Hoffman clerked for Senior Judge C. Clyde Atkins at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Florida. Judge Atkins additionally sat by designation on the First, Third, Ninth, and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal during Ms. Hoffman’s two year term. Ms. Hoffman also clerked for two different judges at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Hoffman may be reached at CHoffman at mayback.com

Honors / Awards

• INTA Unfair Competition Committee — 2016-2017

• Co-Chairman, INTA Bulletin Committee — 2014-2016

• Member, INTA Bulletin Committee — 2010-2012

• AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell*

• Florida Super Lawyer — 2014-2018

• Subcommittee chair of Advocacy division of Unfair Competition INTA Committee 2017-2019 term

• Florida Legal Elite — 2007, 2008, 2013, and 2015 (Top 2% of Florida’s preeminent lawyers)

• Burroughs Corporation Achievement Award

• Software Engineering Certificate from Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

• Best Brief Award, Workers Compensation Competition

• Moot Court Board, University of Miami School of Law

• District Court Executive Committee, JURIS Federal Law Clerk Training Program (1992-1993)

Experience

• Founder and Managing Partner, Mayback & Hoffman, P.A.

• Independent Contract Attorney, Catherine F. Hoffman, P.A.

• Associate, Devine Goodman Pallot & Wells

• Staff Attorney to Hon. George W. Hersey, Fourth District Court of Appeal (WPB)

• Staff Attorney to Hon. John W. Dell, Fourth District Court of Appeal (WPB)

• Associate, Davis, Scott Weber and Edwards (formerly Davis, Markel and Edwards)

• Law Clerk, Honorable C. Clyde Atkins, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the

• Southern District of Florida (1989-1991)

• Software Engineer, Burroughs Corporation

• Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

Admissions

• The Florida Bar (1989-Present)

• U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1991-Present)

• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida

• U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

• U.S. Supreme Court 2014

• Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (pro hac vice)

• U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Federal Court (pro hac vice)

• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (pro hac vice)

• U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas (pro hac vice)

• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (pro hac vice)

• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (pro hac vice)

Professional Organizations

• International Trademark Association (INTA)

• Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy

• Intellectual Property Committee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar

• Intellectual Property Committee, Broward County Bar Association

• Broward County Bar Association

Education

• Juris Doctorate, University of Miami School of Law (1989)

• Bachelor of Business Administration, Emory University (1982)

Technology Areas

• Computer Software