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Clifford D. Hyra is the owner of Hyra IP, PLC, an intellectual property
law office, and the author of the intellectual property law blog
Patents 101. 

Clifford is a registered patent
attorney with extensive experience in the field of intellectual
property. Clifford has a background in aerospace engineering and
graduated magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of
Law. Clifford spent several years managing a heavy patent and trademark
docket at a small IP boutique firm before moving on to found Hyra IP,
PLC. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of
Columbia and to represent clients located anywhere in the country
before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

specializes in patent and trademark prosecution and has prosecuted
hundreds of patent and trademark applications over the course of his
career. He also has considerable experience negotiating the settlement
of patent and trademark disputes, conducting trademark cancellation and
opposition proceedings, carrying out appeals to the Court of Appeals
for the Federal Circuit, registering copyrights, drafting contracts for
the transfer of copyrights, resolving domain name disputes, drafting
patent opinions, conducting patent and trademark searches, and more.

clients run the gamut from individual entrepreneurs to medium-sized
entities with 100+ employees. His clients include many small businesses
in the local Reston/Fairfax County/Northern Virginia area as well as
businesses large and small all across the country and overseas.

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

American Intellectual Property Law Association (Online Program Co-Coordinator)
Virginia Bar Association

American Bar Association
Arlington Jaycees (Legal Counsel)

Areas of Practice

J.D., magna cum laude, George Mason University School of Law
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude, Virginia Tech
Registered Patent Attorney


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Practice areas


  1. Patent Application: 45%
    10 years, 300 cases
  2. Trademark Application: 25%
    10 years, 150 cases
  3. Intellectual Property: 15%
    10 years
  4. Internet: 10%
    10 years
  5. Copyright Application: 5%
    10 years



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Lee E Berlik

    Cliff has a deserved reputation as the go-to intellectual property attorney in Northern Virginia. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and is truly dedicated to protecting the interests of his clients. I have found him to be effective, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. I endorse Cliff's work without reservation.


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Contact info

Symbus Law Group, LLC

11710 Plaza America Drive
Suite 2000
Reston, VA, 20190-4743


DCActive 200907/10/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law200703/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nominated for Outstanding Young Virginian 2009Arlington Jaycees2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberSymbus Law Group, LLC2012 - Present
Managing MemberHyra IP, PLC2008 - 2012
Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Agent, and Law ClerkThe Law Office of James C. Wray2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Trademark AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law Association, Online Programs CommitteeCo-coordinator2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2008 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Arlington JayceesLegal Counsel2008 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Russell Frey d/b/a edHelper v. HYRO FZ-LLCFor Plaintiff; Domain transferred
Russell Frey d/b/a edHelper v. Eighty Business Names c/o Domain AdministratorFor plaintiff; domain name transferred
Russell Frey d/b/a edHelper v. Reserved for Customers c/o MustNeed.comFor plaintiff; domain name transferred
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityAerospace EngineeringB.S., magna cum laude2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference XLVIIThe UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy): An Overview2010
Independent Computer Consultants Association, Greater Washington Chapter MeetingIntellectual Property Issues for Small Business Owners2009
Arlington Jaycees Membership MeetingIntroduction to Intellectual Property2009