September 26, 2016—Fred Romano and John DeAngelis are scheduled to present another in a series of intellectual property law luncheon seminars at Florida Institute of Technology on October 11, 2016. All seminars in this series are open to the public at a minimal cost to cover lunch for the participant. At the October seminar they will discuss commercial transactions, especially as related to start-up and new businesses. Previous seminars in this series covered other aspects of intellectual property, including patents, copyrights and trademarks. For further information or to register for the seminar please contact Fred or John through our website or Mary Tabeling at Florida Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-674-8382. The seminars will continue monthly through June 2017.
September 21, 2016—Kevin Wimberly guest lectured during the Copyright Law class at Barry University’s School of Law. Kevin’s lecture used several real world case examples to teach the students about certain copyright issues, including the registration precondition to filing suit, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), preliminary injunctions, and the way that copyright prosecution intersects with copyright litigation.
September 14, 2016—BWSM attorneys Terry Sanks, Robert Wolter, Amber Davis and Fred Romano provided a multifaceted presentation to members of the Association of Corporate Counsel entitled “Can You Keep a Secret? Considerations When Protecting Trade Secrets.” After a thought provoking overview of why trade secrets are so important in today’s business economy, a detailed review of the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act followed. The recently enacted Defend Trade Secrets Acts of 2016 was then discussed which was followed by a detailed analysis of restrictive covenants in Florida. The presentation concluded with a review of recommended best practices for in-house attorneys.
September 10, 2016—After a year hiatus, BWSM is again leading the Orange County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee. Shanti Hill is Chair of the Committee for 2016-2017, and Erica Cipparone is Co-Chair. In addition to her role as Chair, Shanti kicked off the committee meetings this term with a presentation entitled “Copyright Litigation Post-Petrella v. MGM: Special Issues with Old Infringements.” Kevin Wimberly is scheduled to provide a presentation entitled “How Florida’s Medical Marijuana Vote Might Affect IP” on October 4, 2016. Then, as part of a three-hour Continuing Legal Education program on November 4, 2016, Terry Sanks is providing a presentation on “Recent Trade Secrets Protection Developments and Practitioners’ Tips: What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016? How Does It Vary from the Florida Uniform Trade Secrets Act?”