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.