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Old 03-01-2011, 04:54 PM
 
Location: New England
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Hi all,

My family wants to move from cold New England to somewhere warmer in Florida near the coast with a lower cost of living, and plenty of business opportunities. I would love to get a bigger house, for less than what we sell our house in New England for. I am a patent attorney, which is a Federal practice and means I can practice anywhere, and I have clients all over the US. However, I would like to be relatively close to a major city, because I do end up getting a lot of local clients. My wife loves the ocean, and wants to be close to the beach (but not necessarily on the beach). We have a 16 month old baby, and thus good schools are important. So in summary, this is our dream list of what we would like:

1. Lower cost of living than New England;
2. near the beach;
3. warmer weather than New England;
4. good schools;
5. opportunity for getting patent and trademark clients (individuals and/or businesses);
6. not too far from a bigger city.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:55 AM
 
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Hi all,

My family wants to move from cold New England to somewhere warmer in Florida near the coast with a lower cost of living, and plenty of business opportunities. I would love to get a bigger house, for less than what we sell our house in New England for. I am a patent attorney, which is a Federal practice and means I can practice anywhere, and I have clients all over the US. However, I would like to be relatively close to a major city, because I do end up getting a lot of local clients. My wife loves the ocean, and wants to be close to the beach (but not necessarily on the beach). We have a 16 month old baby, and thus good schools are important. So in summary, this is our dream list of what we would like:

1. Lower cost of living than New England;
2. near the beach;
3. warmer weather than New England;
4. good schools;
5. opportunity for getting patent and trademark clients (individuals and/or businesses);
6. not too far from a bigger city.

Thanks in advance!
Your criteria point to several areas. For a city with excellent schools, low crime, near the ocean, offering a low cost of living and proximity to a bigger city for clients and business travel I'd recommend Satellite Beach, which is 45-60 minutes southeast of Orlando on the coast. There's also a secondary airport in nearby Melbourne (10-15 minutes) which is served by Delta and USAir.

Satellite Beach
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:11 AM
 
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Your criteria point to several areas. For a city with excellent schools, low crime, near the ocean, offering a low cost of living and proximity to a bigger city for clients and business travel I'd recommend Satellite Beach, which is 45-60 minutes southeast of Orlando on the coast. There's also a secondary airport in nearby Melbourne (10-15 minutes) which is served by Delta and USAir.

Satellite Beach
My husband has a thriving Patent/Trademark practice in Fort Lauderdale. DM me if you want more information.
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Old 03-11-2011, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Off topic a hair here, but I'm in the beginning stages of applying for a patent. Are there threads or people who can answer basic questions? Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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I think the best response would be:
  1. Which airports in FL offer best airline service to WAS? (Assuming WHERE US Patent Office Agency offices are located)
  2. What are the industry trends for patents now and which Universities (Public/Private) in FL focus on this research or field?
  3. Can you do a location search for recent Patent Applicants (not their atty's address) for FL? (Then I guess you know where the bulk of them live to open an office to serve them.)
  4. What is your competition in these locations you've identified?
  5. Then focus on your OP request based on those locations (once you tell us)!
Good Luck!

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Old 03-13-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: New England
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I would suggest contacting a patent attorney, many give a free initial consultation. Look here to find a registered patent attorney: https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/


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Off topic a hair here, but I'm in the beginning stages of applying for a patent. Are there threads or people who can answer basic questions? Thanks.
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: New England
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Thanks Daytona. I actually am leaning towards Sarasota now. I can remotely interact with most of my clients and with the Patent Office. And Sarasota is driving distance from miami, orlando, jupiter. what do you all think?


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I think the best response would be:
  1. Which airports in FL offer best airline service to WAS? (Assuming WHERE US Patent Office Agency offices are located)
  2. What are the industry trends for patents now and which Universities (Public/Private) in FL focus on this research or field?
  3. Can you do a location search for recent Patent Applicants (not their atty's address) for FL? (Then I guess you know where the bulk of them live to open an office to serve them.)
  4. What is your competition in these locations you've identified?
  5. Then focus on your OP request based on those locations (once you tell us)!
Good Luck!
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
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Thanks Daytona. I actually am leaning towards Sarasota now. I can remotely interact with most of my clients and with the Patent Office. And Sarasota is driving distance from miami, orlando, jupiter. what do you all think?
I think you should get the car on the road and take drives to Miami, Orlando and Jupiter from Sarasota and let us all know how that was for you!

Also, be sure to fly into SRQ when you attempt it!
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:55 AM
 
Location: CT
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blakesq: I am also looking to move my business to FL with children, and have been told that although Sarasota is a quality place, it has a large percentage of seniors (65+) that gives Sarasota an "old" feel. Many have pointed me toward Jupiter.
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Old 03-15-2011, 10:11 AM
 
Location: New England
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The median age in sarasota is 1 year older than the median age of my town here in CT. And the median age of CT is 2 years younger than the median age of Sarasota. Doesn't seem like it should be too big of an adjustment!

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blakesq: I am also looking to move my business to FL with children, and have been told that although Sarasota is a quality place, it has a large percentage of seniors (65+) that gives Sarasota an "old" feel. Many have pointed me toward Jupiter.
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