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About Andrew

Andrew is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who went on to serve as a Naval Engineering Officer. Andrew served aboard several warships in support of global maritime operations and, fluent in Japanese, served as a liaison officer between the U.S. and Japanese navies. Andrew went on to attend Florida State University College of Law and is currently a candidate for a Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida. Andrew applies his dedication to service; his discipline and will to succeed in the service of his clients. Andrew is passionate about assisting his clients with protection, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights and has experience in Patent, Trademark, and Copyright litigation and prosecution. Andrew stays abreast of the latest technology development and licensing agreements, and works alongside individuals and corporations to develop a forward-looking strategic approach to their intellectual property portfolio. Andrew works in numerous industries including: electrical, computer, toy and game, mechanical, medical device, automotive, cookware, aerospace/defense, sporting goods and exercise, power generation, and design. Further, Andrew has experience in trademark opposition and cancellation procedures with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and post-grant proceedings with the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. Andrew is actively involved in Startup Community and local inventors clubs in Central and South Florida. He represents several Startup companies including Shark Tank participants, and regularly lectures on intellectual property matters to various organizations including The Association of University Technology Managers, Inventors Society of South Florida, Inventors Council of Central Florida, and numerous inventor podcasts.

work Experience

United States Navy
Jan. 1, 2006 - Jan. 1, 2012

Second Judicial Circuit
Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2012

Law Clerk to Kevin Carroll, Circuit Judge
Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2012

Summer Associate
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2012

Law Clerk
Ausley & McMullen, PA
Jan. 1, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013

Patent Agent
Hollimon, P.A.
Jan. 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2014

Registered Patent Agent
Christopher & Weisberg, PA
Jan. 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2014

Registered Patent Agent
Christopher Weiss Attorney at Law, P.A.
Jan. 1, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015

Lieutenant Commander
United States Navy Reserve
Jan. 1, 2011 - Current

The Rapacke Law Group, P.A.
Jan. 1, 2015 - Current

school Education

Valley Forge Military Academy & College
No degree provided
- 2001

United States Naval Academy
BS - Bachelor of Science
- 2006

Florida State University College of Law
JD - Juris Doctor
- 2013

University of South Florida
MS - Master of Science
- 2016

bookmark Awards

Distinguished Pro Bono
Florida State University College of Law

group Associations

Elected Representative
American Intellectual Property Law Association
2012 - Current

American Bar Association - Patent Litigation Committee
2013 - Current

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Amicus Committee
2013 - Current

US Naval Academy Blue and Gold
2014 - Current

Broward Country Bar Association
2015 - Current

Registered Patent Attorney
United States Patent and Trademark Office
2015 - Current

Florida Bar
2015 - Current

import_contacts Published Works

Shark Tank 101: Why every Entrepreneur should protect their Intellectual Property
Shark-Tank Nation
Don't Toy Around With IP; Take advantage of an Intellectual Property Audit
Global Toy News
The Art behind a Prior Art Search and Patentability Opinion
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Why should I trademark my toy brand?
Global Toy News
4 Reasons Why Every Business Needs Trademark Protection
Global Toy News
Orlando IP Firm Opens South Florida Office
Portfolio Media (Law360)
IP Boutique Rapacke Law Expands to South Florida
Daily Business Review
Costco v. Acushnet: Costco's Preemptive Strike Sets Tone for Litigation
IP Watchdog
Copyrights at the Supreme Court: Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
IP Watchdog
The Five Biggest Mistakes Toy Companies Make
IP Watchdog
Legal Recourse Options After An IP Infringement Take Down Notice
IP Watchdog
Evolution of Design Patents in 2017
Legal Tech Newsletter

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