April 19-20, 2016—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire PLLC sponsored the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Partnering Forum on Communication Technologies at Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Atlanta Georgia. Representing BWSM at this noteworthy event were Dr. Gene Molinelli and Dr. Judith Evans. The Forum brought together an intimate group of universities and companies interested in mining university technologies in the communications arena. University participants included Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Regents University, Iowa State University, Michigan State University Technologies, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, University of Notre Dame, University of South Florida, and University of Southern California Stevens Center for Innovation. Industry participants included Allied Minds, AT&T, Harris Corporation, HySky Technologies, Qualcomm Inc., StarMobile, and University Industry Demonstration Partnership.
April 15, 2016—Amber Davis was a panel participant during two sessions at the Orange County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference entitled “Cruising the Seven CLEs”. The two sessions were entitled IP Considerations in Business Litigation Part 1 and IP Considerations in Business Litigation Part 2. In addition to Amber, both esteemed panels also included The Honorable Paul G. Byron, United States District Judge, and two other local IP attorneys.
April 2016—Terry Sanks, Christine McLeod, and Jim Beusse were featured in Orlando Magazine’s annual list of Best Lawyers, published in the Orlando edition of the magazine. They were three of the 453 attorneys so recognized. Jim, Christine and Terry were three of the four attorneys recognized under the “patent law” category with Jim being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” for patent law. Jim and Terry were also included as best lawyers under the “trademark law” category. Terry was also included under in the “copyright law” category.
April 8, 2016—Terry Sanks chaired the 7th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, presented by the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. Under Terry’s leadership as Program Chair, this Symposium was full of current intellectual property law topics of interest where the presenters came from as far away as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. The Keynote speaker was ITC Commissioner Irving A. Williamson and the lunchtime speaker was Chief Administrative Judge Nathan Kelley (Acting) of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board. In addition to introducing Judge Kelley, Shanti Hill (part of the steering committee) moderated a panel with Apple lead counsel Harold McElhinny regarding the Apple v. Samsung design patent wars and design patent litigation considerations. Other topics of interest included recent changes in European Union trademark practice, malpractice trends in intellectual property law, cyber security, copyright and content ID from YouTube’s perspective, and a year in review overview of patents, trademarks and copyrights.