December 17, 2016—Erica Cipparone has earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. By earning this advanced degree, not only has Erica’s technical abilities been enhanced, but all attorneys in BWSM’s biotechnology and life sciences patent area group now possess advanced degrees. Congratulations Erica!
November 4, 2016—Terry Sanks provided a presentation on the Federal Trade Secrets Act at an Orange County Bar Association’s seminar titled “Intellectual Property Updates: What IP Attorneys Need to Know.” The title of Terry’s presentation was “Can You Keep a Secret? The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.”
November 1, 2016—As published in U.S. News and World Report, BWSM has been ranked as Tier 1, Best Law Firms for 2017 by Best Lawyers. BWSM’s Tier 1 ranking was for patent law in metropolitan Orlando. BWSM was also ranked for copyright law and trademark law.
October 28, 2016—Based on the number of attorneys in the firm, the Orlando Business Journal (“OBJ”) compiled a list of intellectual property law firms in Central Florida. BWSM was identified as the second largest law firm with an intellectual property law practice in Central Florida.
October 19, 2016—Terry Sanks guest lectured at Rollins College’s Crummer Graduate School of Business. His presentation was part of the Entrepreneurship course and the title of his presentation was “Patents! Anything and Everything You Want to Know About Them, Just Ask!”
October 10, 2016—Beusse Wolter Sanks & Maire, PLLC has been named a 2016 Law Firm 500 Honoree in the 1st Annual Law Firm 500 Award Honoree List of America’s Fastest Growing Law Firms. Earlier this year BWSM was nominated for its growth, operational excellence and commitment to client service. Each nominee was evaluated by an outside accounting firm, and subjected to an identical review process. The award honorees are a beacon of light for the legal industry demonstrating innovation, operational excellence, and a commitment to client service.
May 17, 2016—BWSM is hosting a six-part lecture series on six different intellectual property topics at the Florida Institute of Technology (“Florida Tech”) as part of Florida Tech’s Skill Space continuing education program. This luncheon lecture series is free for Florida Tech students, faculty and staff whereas there is a nominal charge for others attending. The presenters are BWSM attorneys John DeAngelis and Fred Romano. The first lecture occurred this week and the topic was “How Can I Use Copyrights to Protect and Grow My Business Assets?”
The next scheduled lectures and dates are as follows:
June 14: Leveraging Patent Rights to Achieve Business Success.
September 13: How Should Trademark Rights Be Used to Benefit a Business?
October 11: What Terms Should Contracts Require to Protect My IP and Avoid Liability? What Are My Rights and Remedies?
November 8: Strategies for Protecting Mobile Apps and Other Software-Based Products.
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.
March 22, 2016—As a leading law firm in Florida for biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices/diagnostics and bioagriculture related patent work, BWSM sponsored BioFlorida’s discussion entitled “Mission Driven Innovation” with Thomas J. Graham, MD, renowned Health Innovator and new Global Chairman, Lake Nona Institute & Chief Health Strategy and Innovation Officer, Tavistock Group. According to Tim Van Dyke, leader of BWSM’s Florida biotech patent practice, this is the first of several presentations the firm is sponsoring with BioFlorida this year.
March 11, 2016—Terry M. Sanks and Kevin Wimberly were invited presenters today at the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters 2016 Education & Networking Forum which was held in Orlando, Florida this year. The title of the presentation was Trademarks, Domain Names, and Other Intellectual Property Law Considerations. The other IP law considerations included patents and trade secrets.