Alumni Reflections: Jeff Lloyd
“Clearly, I would not be where I am today if it were not for UF’s law school. My father was an alumnus, and I would be proud if either of my daughters decided to earn her JD at UF. Coming out of law school, I was told by my first employers — an old-line, national firm based in Cleveland — that they regarded UF grads as equal to any in the country. My experiences since that time have confirmed this fact. UF provides its students with the opportunity for a truly great legal education.
“Students, you should not squander this opportunity; and young lawyers, do not forget it is why you find yourselves where you are. One of my most gratifying experiences is being able to give back to UF through my firm’s endowment of the Intellectual Property Program. UF’s law school has a future of great promise — it should be a source of pride to all alumni and students — and I encourage you all to give back however you can to ensure that the promise becomes reality.”— Jeff Lloyd (UF BA 81; JD 87), shareholder in Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Saliwanchik of Gainesville and Registered Patent Attorney, licensed to file and prosecute applications for patents and trademarks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He handles a wide range of cases — with emphasis on agricultural biotechnology and areas of complex patent prosecution such as medical property law — including filing and prosecution of patent applications; counseling and/or representing clients on licensing matters, patent appeals and interference proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; and providing patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity and infringement opinions and specialized support for litigation counsel in patent infringement litigation.
He was formerly a trial attorney in the Miami office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, concentrating in commercial litigation, with experience in trademark infringement litigation and intellectual property licensing. He is considered an expert on U.S. Patent Law, and has provided opinion testimony in international litigation and lectured at seminars and conferences on intellectual property topics. He is a member of The Florida Bar (Intellectual Property Committee), Association of University Technology Managers, American Intellectual Property Law Association (Biotechnology and Patent Law Committees), and American Bar Association Sections of Litigation and Intellectual Property (Amicus Briefs Committee and Biotechnology Committee). He is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit and Eleventh Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; and admitted pro hac vice to U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Florida, Central District of California, and California Superior Courts for San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.
He earned his Bachelor’s in History of Science, Technology and Medicine from UF in 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors), and Juris Doctor from the UF College of Law — where he was on Trial Team — in 1987. He has continued his involvement with the college, and teaches patent prosecution as an adjunct professor. His firm’s gift established the Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Saliwanchik Intellectual Property Fund, which has enabled IP Program Director Thomas Cotter and the law school to expand offerings in Intellectual Property Law and fund events such as last week’s Law and Technology Conference in Orlando.