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Catherine F. Hoffman is an intellectual property attorney. Her practice focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and patent litigation, with an emphasis on acheiving a proper balance on return of investment for clients.

Upon graduation from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, Ms. Hoffman worked as a Software Engineer for Burroughs Corporation and Electronic Data Systems, traveling domestically and internationally to implement and test banking software solutions. After earning her law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, Ms. Hoffman served as a law clerk to the Honorable C. Clyde Atkins (S.D. Fla.) and later served as a staff attorney for the Honorable John W. Dell and the Honorable George W. Hersey at the Florida Appellate Courts, Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Ms. Hoffman's well rounded business experience provides valuable insight to her clients in this global economy.  Ms. Hoffman also assists as local counsel for firms looking for an efficient and trustworthy partner in cases filed in the Southern or Middle District Courts of Florida.


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Practice areas


  1. Trademark Application: 30%
    11 years
  2. Trademark: 30%
    11 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 25%
    13 years
  4. Patent Infringement: 10%
    11 years
  5. Litigation: 5%
    27 years



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  • Bradley Herman Trushin

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Hoffman is a highly skilled attorney at the top of the legal profession. Her analytical skills and writing ability are unparalleled, yet she focuses on practical problem solving and gets things accomplished in short order.


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  • Suzanne Michelle Gorowitz

    I endorse this lawyer's work. She is extremely professional and very intelligent. I highly recommend her.


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5722 S Flamingo Rd #232
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33330-3206


FLMember in Good Standing198906/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMAYBACK & HOFFMAN, P.A.2006 - Present
Contract AttorneyCatherine F. Hoffman, P.A.2002 - 2006
AttorneyDevine Goodman Rasco & Wells1999 - 2002
AttorneyGreen & Ackerman1997 - 1999
Staff AttorneyFourth District Court of Appeal, Florida Appellate Courts1994 - 1996
AttorneyDavis Scott Weber & Edwards1991 - 1994
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the Southern District of Florida1989 - 1991
Systems EngineerElectronic Data Systems1984 - 1986
Systems AnalystBurroughs Corporation1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Trademark AssociationNorth American Law and Practice Subcommittee member2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Michael Powell v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.$15M damages, $3M punitives, $2.8M Atty's Fees
Reisenthel v. Mad Bags, et al.Consent Order entered
Himoinsa Power Systems v. Power Link Machine Co.Court granted judgment in favor of Defendant based on lack of personal jurisdiction and case was closed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 No. 16TTAB Cuts Up Saw Manufacturer's Registration Arguments2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 No. 17Court Says Consumers Know Havana Club Rum Is Not from Cuba2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 No. 17Court Flushes Trademark Claim for Functional Bathroom Tissue Design2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 No. 4Gas Station “Pole Spanner” Design Found Nondistinctive2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 Issue 4Establishment of IP Enforcement Committee2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 66 Issue 9United States: Cancellation Claims Precluded as Res Judicata2011
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 Issue 13Proceedings Resume in Oldest Pending TTAB Case2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 Issue 5Picture Not Worth a Thousand Words as Applied to a Web-Based Specimen2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 Issue 10TTAB Rejects Applicant's Menu of Arguments for Restaurant Mark2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 Issue 10TTAB Puts Brakes on Tire Company's Opposition2010
American Bar Association publicationAnnual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 No. 19U.S. Companies Win $78 Million Verdict Against Chinese Cybersquatters2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 No. 16Subpar Examination Practice Frustrates TTAB2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 No. 20Initials Can Make Name Not Merely a Surname2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 65 Issue 10Ruling Allows Bacardi to Continue Using HAVANA CLUB Mark2010
INTA BULLETIN Vol. 64 Issue 2Ninth Circuit Broadens Scope of Civil Penalty for Counterfeit Goods Bearing Registered Trademarks2009
American Bar Association publicationAnnual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
Emory UniversityBachelors Business AdministrationOther - Bachelors1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IPLS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SOCIETY Corporate Counsel LuncheonRelevant IP Issues for Corporate Counsel2011
INTA Roundtable Host and ModeratorProper Use of Trademarks in Advertising and Product Packaging2011
American Intellectual Property Law AssociationDesign Patent Litigation - The Next Frontier2010
Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheild regions of Germany Trade AssociationProtecting IP in the US2007